If you’re looking for reasons to not go skiing when it’s really windy, here’s a story to convince you to stay off the slopes. A chairlift at Maine’s Sugarloaf Ski Resort screeched to a halt this morning after derailing due to heavy winds leaving over 200 riders trapped and others injured.
Read on for the details on the Sugarloaf mountain mess after the jump!
The derailment happened this morning around 10:30am EST on one tower of the Spillway East lift said Sugarloaf spokesman, Ethan Austin. High winds are to blame for a cable that malfunctioned and jumped over the edge of the pulley causing five of the lift’s chairs to hit the ground from about 25 to 30 feet up. Talk about a PR nightmare for Sugarloaf!
The passengers were trapped for about 90 minutes and were all safely rescued by noon. Six were taken to area hospitals for treatment, the resort said in a statement, and none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Phew!
In case you were wondering, wind gusts in the area are between 30-50 mph and temperatures are below freezing. IMHO, no scarf, gloves or hat could make that the least bit enjoyable. Pass! But let’s hope Sugarloaf puts customers’ safety first and closes down the lifts if they are deemed unsafe.
Sugarloaf is located about 120 miles north of Portland.