More chairlift woes at Whiteface Mountain

Skiers at Whiteface Mountain were left stranded on chairlifts twice over the weekend and into this week.

Officials with the state Olympic Regional Development Authority say the Lookout Mountain chairlift experienced a malfunction at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

That incident left skiers hanging in the air for some 45 minutes. ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin told news outlets the malfunction was caused by a faulty communications wire.

Additionally, the Summit chairlift began experiencing problems at about 11 a.m. Saturday due to a reported problem with weighting along the lift cables.

That forced Whiteface crews to shutdown the lift through Monday.

No injuries were reported following the malfunctions.

In December, a ski patrol member was injured following a lift malfunction that left 76 people in the air for nearly two hours. Last week, an ORDA employee was seriously injured while performing maintenance on a lift at Kids Kampus.

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