CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Five months after saying it would spend $800,000 to replace a chairlift that injured seven skiers and stranded 200 others, the Sugarloaf ski area has received a replacement.
Investigators previously said a gear box failure allowed the King Pine lift to move in reverse in March and that a design flaw prevented the lift from stopping immediately.
Sugarloaf is in Carrabassett Valley, a small town that’s also home to a skiing and snowboarding academy. Officials said the new lift will have a redesigned gear box and technology to prevent rollbacks. The towers and chairs were carried over from the previous lift.
The King Pine terminal’s motor housing arrived at the ski area Saturday. Officials tweeted that it is expected to be assembled in the next several days.