“As some of you may have heard, we are actively investigating and dealing with the actions of a former employee. We have reported several infractions of this former employee to the RCMP. We have also been in contact and are working with our lift company partners and experts in chair lift mechanics to ensure all lifts are safe and operational.” –Baldy Mountain Resort
Baldy Mountain Ski Resort near Oliver, B.C. was forced to close one of its lifts for the past 3 days after a former employee allegedly tampered with the lift system. Global News reports an inspector from B.C.’s technical systems regulator was dispatched to the resort to make sure it’s safe before approving it for operation.
The resort had to abruptly cancel a race scheduled on Sunday as organizers couldn’t set up the course due to the closure of one of the resort’s two chair lifts. At this time Baldy Mountain resort will only say procedural difficulties were caused by alleged “stolen records” and a former employee was reported to Oliver RCMP on Jan. 25 for “several infractions” causing public endangerment.
Baldy operations manager Caroline Sherrer confirmed in an email there are no outstanding mechanical issues with the chairlift, but it needs approval from the safety regulator before it can reopen the lift to the public. The resort ensures it is taking all necessary and precautionary steps to confirm equipment and lifts are operating safely and efficiently.
To All Baldy Families and Friends,
We want to let you know what has led to today’s closure of the Sugarlump chair, as well as the cancellation of the Nancy Greene Zone Race:
As some of you may have heard, we are actively investigating and dealing with the actions of a former employee. We have reported several infractions of this former employee to the RCMP. Because this is an active investigation, we cannot go into the specifics of these actions at this time.
We are working with Technical Safety BC to ensure that we are continuously providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our guests and families. Our team has taken all necessary (and extra) precautionary steps to ensure that our equipment and lifts are operating safely and efficiently. In addition to working with Technical Safety BC, we have also been in contact and are working with our lift company partners and experts in chair lift mechanics to ensure ALL lifts are safe and operational. Guest and staff safety are, and always has been, of paramount concern and our top priority.
We have also consulted with our legal counsel and will take all necessary steps to pursue the responsible party (parties) to the fullest extent of the law.
We wish to let you know that all of our equipment and lifts have been inspected and are operating safely and within code. However, due to procedural difficulties caused by certain stolen records, we have no choice but to wait until these matters are dealt with. We will keep you updated on our progress. We apologize sincerely to our guests and the Nancy Greene Zone Race participants, and appreciate all of your support and understanding!
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