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Sugarloaf ski lift that fell is being replaced

Pat Wellenbach | AP File
Pat Wellenbach | AP File
The Spillway East chair lift remains closed as work and evaluation continues at Sugarloaf mountain at Carrabasett Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. Eight people were injured when 5 chairs fell to the ground on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at the mountain.
The Associated Press

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort is in the process of taking down a 35-year-old chairlift that derailed in December, injuring eight skiers.

The resort is going to replace the Spillway East lift, which carried two skiers in each chair, with a modern lift that will carry four skiers in each chair.

Officials say the $3 million quad will be less susceptible to shutdowns because of high winds.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin says the new, yet-to-be-named lift will be ready for next ski season.

Meanwhile, the Portland Press Herald says state inspectors are completing their report on the cause of the Dec. 28 incident in which a cable came off a tower, plunging chairs 35 feet to the ground.

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