Sugarloafers, your chair awaits. At last.
The Spillway East double chair that derailed on Dec.28 finally reopened Monday afternoon following exhaustive repair and testing. The Maine State Elevator and Tram Board deemed the iconic double chairlift safe after a complete inspection and load test. No live people or crash test dummies were used - instead 368-pound plastic-lined boxes filled with water were loaded onto each chair.
While the lift is back up and running just in time for the busy February vacation week, its replacement is still a priority for Sugarloaf management. Hopefully a new name, other than dubious "Spillway" will be considered as well.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.