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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

I heard an eyewitness (3 or 4 chairs back from the ones that fell) and it was not windy on that chair at that time.  That chair only goes part way up the mountain.


I just saw a witness on CNN that said... "it was windy.  They had several lifts on wind hold.  We were glad to see this one open....<What happened?>....A big gust of wind was followed by a THUMP! Immediately afterward,  the chairs hit the ground...... "  Guy said he has a ski cabin up there and skis there regularly.. added that with 22" of fresh it was an awesome day otherwise.. glad he was "about 100 feet back and held by the tower just below the one the cable came off of".

post #32 of 44


I have no ideas about the particulars involved in this accident, but this might be the calmest, most low-key, yet appropriate public relations statement I've seen in a long time. 
I just gained some respect for the professionalism of the Sugarloaf folks.
 

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Originally Posted by entropy View Post

This from the Sugarloaf Facebook page:

 

 

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Hi, folks –

 

You’ve almost certainly heard about the Spillway East lift accident today.  First, you should know that that we’re deeply concerned for the six people who were hurt and pray for their rapid recovery.  We’re in touch with the families and working closely with them.

 

Next: we’re investigating what caused the accident, and we’re doing that in conjunction with state inspectors and other agencies.  Your safety is even more important to us than your enjoyment of our mountain, and we’re doing our best to figure out what happened and will do everything humanly possible to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

 

Now, about the temporary block of our Facebook page:  please understand that our intent is NOT to stifle discussion or dodge your questions.  Today’s incident rapidly became a worldwide story and we’re still dealing with the media onslaught.  So we’re working with the families of the people who were hurt, dealing with the media, and still running a ski area (yes, we’re still operating).  Keeping tabs on the Facebook page and making sure that rumors and speculation don’t spread would’ve been too much.

 

So here’s the deal going forward.  We’ll keep you posted to the best of our ability.  This is where you can come for official information.  Please bear three things in mind: 

 

1)      We’ll release any additional information when we know it.  We probably won’t answer questions – not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t know.

2)      Speculating or trafficking in rumors won’t help anyone.  Please refrain from doing so here.

3)      If you hear something and it didn’t come from us, it’s almost certainly a rumor.

 

Everyone cool with that?  Thanks.  Thanks also for all your good wishes – and special thanks to the mountain ops and patrol people, who did an amazing job today. 

 

 
post #33 of 44

Mod note - This may look a little confusing. I merged the 3 threads all covering the same topic.

post #34 of 44

I spent 25 seasons on that mountain and rode that lift hundreds of times. I hope all involved are ok. And yes I also think the way Sugarloaf is handling this is top notch.

post #35 of 44

Update from CNN.

 

Apparently there was an issue on tower 8 and the cable was not sitting on the rollers correctly. Mechanics tried twice to fix it. They were unsuccessful and were running the lift at reduced speed to evacuate and close the lift because the cable was not sitting properly. It was in the process of the evacuation with the lift running at reduced speed that the derailment occured. Which explains why a 50 mph wind was able to derail it. The fact that they decided to run the lift at slower speed instead of evacuating sounds to me like a lawsuit waiting to happen. I don't have any reason to think the mechanic was wrong in his assessment to run it at lower speed, but I have a feeling there may be some lawyers who will argue he was.

post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by tch View Post


I have no ideas about the particulars involved in this accident, but this might be the calmest, most low-key, yet appropriate public relations statement I've seen in a long time. 
I just gained some respect for the professionalism of the Sugarloaf folks.
 

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Originally Posted by entropy View Post

This from the Sugarloaf Facebook page:

 

 

Quote:
 

Hi, folks –

 

You’ve almost certainly heard about the Spillway East lift accident today.  First, you should know that that we’re deeply concerned for the six people who were hurt and pray for their rapid recovery.  We’re in touch with the families and working closely with them.

 

Next: we’re investigating what caused the accident, and we’re doing that in conjunction with state inspectors and other agencies.  Your safety is even more important to us than your enjoyment of our mountain, and we’re doing our best to figure out what happened and will do everything humanly possible to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

 

Now, about the temporary block of our Facebook page:  please understand that our intent is NOT to stifle discussion or dodge your questions.  Today’s incident rapidly became a worldwide story and we’re still dealing with the media onslaught.  So we’re working with the families of the people who were hurt, dealing with the media, and still running a ski area (yes, we’re still operating).  Keeping tabs on the Facebook page and making sure that rumors and speculation don’t spread would’ve been too much.

 

So here’s the deal going forward.  We’ll keep you posted to the best of our ability.  This is where you can come for official information.  Please bear three things in mind: 

 

1)      We’ll release any additional information when we know it.  We probably won’t answer questions – not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t know.

2)      Speculating or trafficking in rumors won’t help anyone.  Please refrain from doing so here.

3)      If you hear something and it didn’t come from us, it’s almost certainly a rumor.

 

Everyone cool with that?  Thanks.  Thanks also for all your good wishes – and special thanks to the mountain ops and patrol people, who did an amazing job today. 

 

 

 

 

I'd have to agree.

I suppose that since they're in Maine, and thus Mainers, we we're lucky to get anything other than a "yep..."
 

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post #38 of 44

I'd like to know why there was no cable catcher on this tower.

post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by BryanG View Post

I'd like to know why there was no cable catcher on this tower.



Probably because of the age of the lift.

post #40 of 44

How do you guys know there wasn't one? Maybe the cable rope jumped right over it.

post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

How do you guys know there wasn't one? Maybe the cable rope jumped right over it.



I don't I was just stating a possible reason why there may not have been one.

post #42 of 44

would a tower of that age have a lateral screw drive sliding weigh to move the whole shiv set right to left? The report says that mechanics observed a lateral mis-alignment. just wondering out of engineering curiosity. sounds like the patrol on duty there were very observant, probably saw the whole problem when they were on the lift themselves.

post #43 of 44

hello to all at the epic family yes it was a tragic event that happened at the loaf but the response of the patrol and all the mt operations crew did a wonderful job and quick response in getting everyone safe and off the lift in a timely manner!! myself, i was working with my clients all day and continued to ski all day with my students thru out the day! It could have been alot worse!! I know that today they were attempting to put the cable back on the tower. will it run again? who knows? maybe santa claus will bring us a new chairlift for next season?!? wishful thinking and time will tell!! but have no fear i was not on it when it derailed!!

may the powder be with you now and forever!! milky

post #44 of 44

An attorney enters the picture.  It was inevitable, I guess.

 

5 hurt in Sugarloaf chairlift accident now have lawyers

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