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Snubber Lift Update

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

If you've followed the news over the past two days you likely heard about a serious lift accident at Timberline Resort in West Virginia. The lift involved in this accident was the same model and age Borvig lift as Sugarloaf's Snubber lift.

After the news broke on Snnday, our lift maintenance team immediately researched the accident, reaching out to contacts who may have had knowledge of what transpired. The West Viriginia accident involved a failure of one of the lift's towers at the intersection of the crossarm and the tower, and consequently, Sugarloaf's lift mechanics kept the Snubber lift on a mechanical hold Monday morning until they were able to thoroughly inspect every tower and ensure that there was no threat of a similar incident occurring here.

Shortly after it was installed in 1985, the Snubber lift's towers were reinforced at the intersection of the crossarms and the towers, and mechanics inspected all of these reinforcements Monday morning to ensure that all were up to standard. Following this inspection, they were able to reopen the lift the by 9:15am.

While chairlift related accidents are rare, when they do occur, they are felt throughout the entire skiing community. Just as was the case with King Pine last year, this accident provides information that other ski resorts around the country can use to proactively take measures to reduce the risk of similar incidents occurring in the future.