A Delaware couple and Sugarloaf Mountain Corp. and associated parties recently reached a settlement agreement related to a ski lift accident at Sugarloaf ski resort in 2010. A section of the cable carrying the chairs on the chairlift fell off the chairlift towers, causing a number of chairs and people sitting on them to fall to the ground, the document said.
Dr. Michael and Patricia Katz of Wilmington, Del., filed a suit against CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., CLP Sugarloaf LLC, Boyne USA Inc. and Sugarloaf Mountain Corp. in October 2013 and submitted an amended suit on Nov. 13, 2013. The couple sued the entities on behalf of themselves and their minor daughters, Abigail and Emily.
Michael Katz and his two daughters were on the Spillway East chairlift at the Carrabassett Valley ski resort Dec. 28, 2010, when the lift broke and they fell 35 feet to the ground. Katz’s daughters were riding in a chair behind him when the chairs fell. Abigail was thrown from her chair after it hit the ground while Emily was dragged up the mountain by the lift because a piece of her ski equipment was stuck in the chair, according to court documents. All three received serious head injuries.
In 2014, Justice Nancy Mills dismissed a countersuit filed by the defendants and allowed counts of negligence, loss of consortium, punitive damages and common carrier liability to go forward in the court. The case was scheduled to go to trial in September, but court filings indicate that a confidential settlement was reached in June.
In March, Sugarloaf had a second chairlift accident when a lift malfunctioned and rolled back, injuring seven people. The state is still reviewing that incident and has not issued a final report.