Ski resort hopes to reopen after chair lift stranded dozens

December 19, 2017

BOALSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania ski resort says it hopes to reopen this weekend following upgrades to its chair lift system stemming from a malfunction last weekend that stranded dozens and left five with minor injuries.

Tussey Mountain said Tuesday that weakened spring packs inside the chairlift grips apparently caused Saturday’s accident, so the entire system is being replaced.

General manager Sue Matalavage said in a statement that state investigators will then inspect the equipment and officials hope to resume operations Saturday.

Officials said last Saturday that a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slid back along the haul rope, starting a chain reaction that involved a total of four chairs. State police said more than 50 people were stranded and five had minor injuries. Tussey Mountain said those affected are recovering.

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