Investigation completed on Steamboat lift incident

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— An investigation has been completed into why a Priest Creek lift chair with two people on it lost its grip on the cable and slid backward Monday at Steamboat Ski Area.

Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board spokeswoman Cory Everett-Lozano said an inspector determined the chair slid because of a worn-out grip on the 40-year-old lift. The grip might have been jostled as it went through the lower terminal, she said.

Everett-Lozano said the ski area will inspect all the grips before operating the lift again. She said that should be done before spring break.

The incident happened near the lower terminal when a chair with two people on it slid a short distance on the steel cable but did not strike the chair behind it. The lift was stopped immediately and unloaded, and no one was injured.

In recent years, the lift has been used only during busing periods and as a backup.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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