Chairlift Incident at Sunday River
NEWRY, ME (February 23, 2022) - At 5:37PM, a gondola cabin detached from the haul rope of the resort’s Chondola lift as a result of a high gust of wind causing the cabin to misfeed into the top terminal of the lift. The cabin fell approximately 10 feet and was occupied by one guest who sustained minor injuries and was transported to the base of the mountain by ski patrol and released. The guest is a 17-year-old and was released to a parent.
Due to increasing winds, the lift was being unloaded and running at half speed under high wind protocol at the time of the incident. All guests remaining on the lift were safely unloaded and night skiing operations were suspended.
(March 5, 2022 Update) – Following an investigation which concluded on February 25, it was determined that as the cabin entered the top terminal of the lift a high gust of wind pushed it to the side and caused the grip, which attaches the cabin to the haul rope, to misfeed into the terminal and strike the fixed rail system, stall, twist, and disengage from the rope. The lift reopened on February 26.