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.