No timetable yet, but Sugarloaf hopes to fix lift this winter January 4, 2011 CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- The 35-year-old Sugarloaf chairlift that derailed and fell to the ground last week, injuring eight people, remains shut down, but the resort hopes to get it up and running this season, a spokesman said Monday.
Sugarloafers stand by their mountain January 2, 2011 CARRABASSETT VALLEY — For devoted Sugarloafers, who spend every winter weekend here, the cable derailment of a chair lift last week has not affected their attachment to Maine's second-highest mountain.
Expert: Most ski lifts at Sugarloaf flawed January 1, 2011 PORTLAND -- In the wake of a cable derailment at Sugarloaf ski resort this week, a ski safety expert who reviewed the last two years of state inspection reports on the resort's chairlifts said he was surprised at the number of problems the documents highlighted.
'You should have your ducks in a row,' says ski safety expert January 1, 2011 PORTLAND -- In the wake of a cable derailment at Sugarloaf ski resort this week, a ski safety expert who reviewed the last two years of state inspection reports on the resort's chairlifts said he was surprised at the number of problems the documents highlighted.
Failed Sugarloaf lift still closed; probe continues December 31, 2010 A damaged chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort will remain closed today as state inspectors continue their investigation into a cable derailment that sent eight skiers to area hospitals earlier this week.
Mechanics tried to fix cable before chairlift derailed December 30, 2010 Mechanics at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort were trying to realign a chairlift cable Tuesday when it derailed and dropped five chairs carrying skiers into the snow 25 to 30 feet below, resort officials said Wednesday.
The announcement came as state inspectors ended their first full day investigating the accident, which sent eight people to hospitals and stranded dozens of skiers on the Spillway East lift for as long as an hour and 44 minutes.
Incidents like these are rare, says insider December 29, 2010 Although derailments — whether from an unexpected blast of wind or some malfunction — are rare, and infrequently cause serious injury, they are a reminder of one of the dangers inherent in a sport that derives some of its attraction from the very fact that there's a measure of risk involved.
At least 8 injured in derailment December 29, 2010 CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- At least eight people were injured and many more riders were left stranded in frigid temperatures Tuesday when a 35-year-old chairlift at Sugarloaf ski resort derailed in high winds.
Wescott sees silver linings from incident at Sugarloaf $util.date("MMMM d, yyyy",$item.startDate,"America/New_York") As perhaps the most famous of Sugarloafers, snowboarder Seth Wescott has fielded more than his share of questions following the chairlift derailment at the mountain last month that injured eight and spun into a national story.
"I've been asked about it a lot," he said. "I've been trying not to speculate. The good part of what's going on there right now is that we're starting a five-year expansion. That chairlift was planning on being replaced.