Sugarloaf King Pine Chairlift to Remain Closed for Rest of Season
Management seeks to replace chairlift as soon as possible.
Saturday, March 28, 2015, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
According to the Portland Press Herald, the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf, which recently had a rollback resulting in 7 injuries, will remain closed for the rest of the season. The 1988 Borvig quad chairlift was reportedly expected to only operate weekends for the reason of the season.
In addition, Sugarloaf management was quoted as wanting to replace the chairlift as soon as possible. The estimated $3 million project likely cannot commence until the owner of Sugarloaf, CNL Lifestyle Properties, is able to sell its ski area holdings. While a decision on the sale may be announced in 2015, the timing may not line up with lift construction season.
According to to the Portland Press Herald, the replacement lift would follow a different alignment and would start further down the mountain, allowing for better service of sidecountry glades.