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MEDIA ALERT: Evacuation of King Pine lift complete

UPDATE 1:48p.m. - At this time, all guests have been successfully evacuated from the King Pine lift at Sugarloaf following an incident earlier this morning. Roughly 230 guests were evacuated from the lift by Sugarloaf's Ski Patrol.

The lift experienced a rollback at roughly 11:30am resulting in injuries to 7 guests, not 4 as previously reported. Three guests have been transported to local hospitals by ambulance with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. No guests were injured during the lift evacuation process.  

A rollback refers to an incident in which the chairlift travels backwards. The rollback did not cause the lift to de-rope. The lift rolled back a distance of 9 chairs.  

The King Pine Quad is a 4 passenger monocable fixed grip quad built in 1988 and manufactured by Borvig. It is located on the eastern side of the mountain. King Pine is 3,400 feet long with a vertical of 1,074 feet. The chair moves at a speed of 450 feet per minute and the chairs are roughly 51 feet apart. There are a total of 122 chairs on the lift, which is powered by a 400 horsepower motor. It has a transportation capacity of 2,100 skiers per hour.  

The chairlift receives routine daily inspections for safety. Additionally, the chairlift receives weekly, monthly and yearly maintenance and testing. The lift is also inspected annually by the State of Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.    

The King Pine lift will remain closed at this time. The cause of the rollback remains under investigation.  

We will update with additional information as it becomes available.  


Media Inquiries:

Ethan Austin - 207-237-6899 or eaustin@sugarloaf.com

Noelle Tuttle - 207-237-6989 or ntuttle@sugarloaf.com