‘Condition of tensioning system’ named factor in Crystal Mountain chairlift accident

The BC Safety Authority has released preliminary findings on the cause of a chairlift accident that sent four people to hospital

  • Sep. 19, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Crystal Mountain Ski Resort is closed for the 2014-15 season and a detailed report on the accident which forced the closure expected later this fall.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort is closed for the 2014-15 season and a detailed report on the accident which forced the closure expected later this fall.

The condition of the tensioning system holding the chairs that fell from a Crystal Mountain chairlift last March has been named a factor in the accident by the BC Safety Authority.

A statement released at noon on Friday says investigators have identified three key factors in the accident, including:

  • the condition of the tensioning system
  • the configuration of the rope-catching device installed at the tower where the cable came off, causing the chairs to fall
  • placement of the tower where the cable came off relative to the other towers and loading area for skiers

The release indicates the full report will provide a detailed explanation of how the accident occurred and states that chairlift accidents are extremely rare.

Earlier this week the mountain announced it would not open for the season on its Facebook Page. More to come.

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