Ski Lift Accident in Maine: Would You Get Back on a Ski Lift? Fewer Ski Home Real Estate Sales?

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Turns out we had relatives who were on the chair lift — but not injured (thank God) — at Sugarloaf this week when that chair lift de-railed and sent skiers flying. I shuddered at the news for several reason: one, I am a skier and HATE IT when the lift stops, leaving you swinging, dangling over a cliff of snow-topped trees — who doesn’t? Secondly, my son is heading to Vermont to ski in a few weeks. I skied in the northeast when I was in college, but prefer skiing in the west — Big Sky, Spanish Peaks, Snowbird, Park City and Alta. Apparently, one of my relatives on the lift (un-injured) was pregnant and says she will not get on a chairlift again. EVER!

What will the fall-out be from this accident? (The lift was due to be replaced this summer.) If it was windy, why did they not shut down the lift? Will there be lawsuits? Will people stop skiing and buying ski condos as second homes? Will they buy homes in areas with newer equipment? What do you think?

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  1. Geordie Romer | Leavenworth WA says

    I don't think it will effect real estate in the slightest. I think that ski areas, lift manufacturers, and those that insure them will be taking a look at their lifts, but there will be minimal fall-out. I would guess that we will see safer lifts in the future, but little else will change.

  2. Geordie Romer | Leavenworth WA says

    I don't think it will effect real estate in the slightest. I think that ski areas, lift manufacturers, and those that insure them will be taking a look at their lifts, but there will be minimal fall-out. I would guess that we will see safer lifts in the future, but little else will change.

  3. Will Harper says

    I hate the ski resorts with tons of snow boarders. But the resorts need them to keep up revenue. This case is going to end up with a few lawsuits, I would imagine, even in conservative Maine. If it was too windy, they should not have run the lift.

  4. Will Harper says

    I hate the ski resorts with tons of snow boarders. But the resorts need them to keep up revenue. This case is going to end up with a few lawsuits, I would imagine, even in conservative Maine. If it was too windy, they should not have run the lift.

  5. Tess Thrailkill says

    I like the lists out west far better than those in the eastern ski resorts. Remember those God-awful "T-Bars"? You seldom see those out west, mostly trams and high-speed quads that are warm! Still, accidents can happen even with the newest equipment. I think they should have closed the lifts if it was too windy — they do this at Snowbird where we have an Iron Blossom condo and we just go in, light the fire, and make hot chocolate. By the way, do you know anything about condo sales in the Snowbird area?

  6. Tess Thrailkill says

    I like the lists out west far better than those in the eastern ski resorts. Remember those God-awful "T-Bars"? You seldom see those out west, mostly trams and high-speed quads that are warm! Still, accidents can happen even with the newest equipment. I think they should have closed the lifts if it was too windy — they do this at Snowbird where we have an Iron Blossom condo and we just go in, light the fire, and make hot chocolate. By the way, do you know anything about condo sales in the Snowbird area?