Chair Derailment Reported At Michigan Ski Area- Multiple Injuries

Chair Derailment Reported At Michigan Ski Area- Multiple Injuries


Chair Derailment Reported At Michigan Ski Area- Multiple Injuries


Featured Image Courtesy: Lift Blog

Various sources are reporting that a chair derailed at Indianhead Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lift Blog states that a chair on the Leelinaw Lift detached and fell on January 9, 2020.

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Specifics on the skiers or riders injured in the incident have not been reported by the resort or local health officials.

The only report available, at this time, comes from a local skier who posted to the ‘Ski The Midwest’ Facebook Group:

“Update from Indianhead: Two people injured when their chair detached from the rope on the triple. Word is that it was either swinging or loaded incorrectly. The chair made contact with the halo on tower 4 (top of the first headwall) and the chair broke away from the rope, as it’s designed to do. Not sure on injuries, but the male is thought to have broken his back and pelvis. The female is in better shape, just banged up, but both left in ambulances. The lift will need to be repaired and recertified before it can be put back into service. This could have been much worse as the fall was only about 25 feet. If it was any further down the hill, they would have fallen down the “ravine”.

The Leelinaw Lift at Indianhead Resort. Courtesy: Lift Blog

Lift Blog notes that the Leelinaw Lift was one of the first triple chairs in the world. The Riblet chair debuted at Indianhead in 1964. A similar incident occurred at 49 Degrees North earlier this season on their Riblet chair.

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