1/31/17 — News Roundup

31 January 2017 — A 7-year-old girl survived a 26 foot from a chairlift at Purgatory Resort Sunday. Spokeswoman Kim Oyler said the fall occurred as the chairlift neared the unload at the top of the mountain. Witnesses say the girl fell after the safety bar was raised. No need to raise a safety bar until you get to the top lift shack…Speaking of Colorado chairlift incidents, more on that “rare dynamic event” last month at Ski Granby Ranch that resulted in the death of a 40-year-old Texas mom and injury to her two daughters: Granby Ranch now says it was likely caused by modifications an independent contractor made before the start of the ski season. “In the interest of safety, Granby Ranch has retained the original manufacturer of the lift to return the Quickdraw Express Lift to safe operating condition under electrical power,” they said in a statement. “The electric drive will be installed and tested under exacting conditions and will not be operational until inspected, licensed and authorized to operate by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board.” Now the story gets a little foggy at this point, because while we were originally told that the safety bar was not employed by the family, the CPTSB said separately that “the circumstances indicated that environmental factors, weather and the occupants did not contribute to the cause of the incident. The facts of the incident show that, on Dec. 29, 2016, an unreasonable hazard existed in the continued operation of the lift.” In other words, it was 100% due to issues with the lift. They added, “this is an ongoing investigation and there will be no further comment until the investigation is complete.” In other words, let’s wait for some sort of “final report” before we attempt any further conjecture…Traci Gray of West Mansfield, OH was issued a summons for theft for allegedly stealing $300 from a Mad River Mountain cash drawer this past weekend, according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff sez the resort has the incident on camera…brouhaha in Little Cottonwood Canyon UT when avalanches prevented some people up at Alta from getting down to SLC for the Women’s March on the first day of the State’s 2017 Legislative Session last Monday. Protesters decided to ride up the Collins lift and ski down with their signs, but Alta said no, no loose items on the lift. Protesters offered to fold up their signs, but Alta said signs contained offensive language. Legally Alta was within their rights to deny the protest, and the group held a legal protest the next day at Grizzly Gulch, just outside Alta’s leasehold…Arapahoe Basin announced this week that they’re 100% open, that announcement usually happens in mid-February…couple of northeast areas cranking up the snow guns during the current cold spell; Attitash NH working on their base area (photo above) plus their infamous Tim’s Trauma trail…Whiteface NY working on Lookout Mountain…back tomorrow with a World Cup Wrap up, then a Throwback Thursday and a Friday news recap.

Above: Guns blazing in the chilly sunshine at Attitash NH