Heavy rains caused the drive terminal of a Northern Quebec ski resort’s only chairlift to collapse Sunday night. Photos from the scene show all four terminal legs and the operator house out of position with the motor room hanging precariously. The lift involved is a 1998 Doppelmayr fixed grip quad with a slope length of 2,660 feet.
“The Gallix station team is working hard to secure the perimeter of the lift pending the arrival of the supplier inspectors,” the mountain said in a statement. “During this time, we ask the public not to visit the scene because of the extreme danger of soil stability and chairlift structure. It’s still too early to conclude anything about the 2021-22 season. Thank you for your words of encouragement and understanding,” the mountain added.
The chairlift cost CA$1.5 million when it was installed. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday between the ski area and its insurance company.
Yikes! That’s gonna be a costly fix. Or I wouldn’t be surprised to see this ski area permanently close. Kinda reminds me of the situation at Nitehawk in Alberta, who also lost their chairlift due to a landslide. Not good.
Ouch, looks like they built the drive station at an old/concealed drainage path. Should have built another 50 or 100ft away.