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?