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Sugarloaf Will Replace Chairlift That Caused Accident

Last March skiers and snowboarders at Sugarloaf Mountain experienced a terrifying chairlift ride when a gear box failure on the King Pine lift caused the lift to reverse. Seven skiers were injured in the accident. Now, the Maine ski area is spending $800,000 to replace the faulty parts. According to an Associated Press report, the new Doppelmayr lift will feature a redesigned gear box and the latest anti-rollback technology. While the lift will use the existing towers and chairs, Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand says, "King Pine will, in essence, be a completely new lift." Construction is expected to begin in July with a December 2015 opening. Sugarloaf is also spending $500,000 to upgrade six other lifts this summer. Some of that money will be spent on upgraded breaks and anti-rollback technology.