Maine ski resort focuses on safety after chairlift accidents

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort is responsible for two of three chairlift mechanical failures that led to injuries in the last five years. During the offseason, it’s spent $1.5 million on safety improvements to ensure there are no further mishaps.

Sugarloaf officials are currently replacing the major components of a lift that spun backward last year, injuring seven people. It’s also improving a sister lift and upgrading the brake mechanisms on seven others. It also closed an old double-chair lift.

Mountain operations vice president Rich “Crusher” Wilkinson says the goal is to make all lifts as safe as possible. He says the resort doesn’t want any more lift accidents.
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