Chair falls off of cable at Mt. Bachelor
I think this happened at Whistler a few years ago, the same year that the gondola tower broke in half due to ice. This also happened on the quicksilver lift in '95, which was determined to be a grip failure. Wonder if the outcome will be the same here.
The grip failed. Question is how and why. Lucky it didn't happen on the way up with people on it. We should know more tomorrow.
I should re-phrase this. I wonder if it's a bad grip, or if the grip didn't properly attach to the haul rope. If it's the latter, there's supposed to be a grip alarm in the terminal that goes off, which will probably take a lot of time and money to correct.
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The KZTV web article has been updated with more details. In summary: "... chair suffered a component failure which caused the grip to malfunction as it exited the upper terminal ...".
They kept the Sunrise lift closed for the rest of the day while they worked to troubleshoot & inspect it for any other issues.
Read the updated article to get all the current details:
Here is a video story. Still not saying what the exact mechanical failure was. http://www.ktvz.com/news/mt-bachelor-finds-chairfall-cause-assures-lifts-safe/32098536
Hmm...that link did not work. Trying again. http://www.ktvz.com/news/oregon-ski-areas-ask-legislature-for-liability-protection/32098816
It sounds like the high speed haul rope clamp never engaged when it left the upper bull wheel. There are a few components involved. The Roller actuator, the springs, the clamp or the actual lever. It could be an internal structural failure that is almost impossible to detect. What ever the case you have to wonder if there are other components on other chairs that may have issues. Like any machinery, if one part fails there's a good chance other parts are in need of R and R. The home office probably shrugged off. Obviously the have no concern for their customers safety. Coincidence that there is a Oregon ski areas ask Legislature for liability protection. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who started that. Heck most of the resorts aren't even in operation this year. Anyway, it seems that Powdr Corp. is having it share of indiscretions and rightful so. I could photoshop up a grand Bachelor spring ski poster with their chair laying in the Snow. So hey will see you up there.......right?