A chairlift that stalled at Stowe Mountain Resort Sunday, stranding 160 skiers and snowboarders, will need to pass an inspection before it can operate again.

The state is sending inspectors to examine the mile-long chairlift, which experienced electrical problems.

“Our focus will be why the primary power went down and the backup power source didn’t work,” said J. Stephen Monahan, who is in charge of the state’s three passenger tramway lift inspectors at the Vermont Department of Labor.

“The lift won’t run again until we’re confident that it can be done safely,” he said.

Jeff Wise, the Stowe Mountain Resort communications chief, said the Lookout double lift stopped operating because of an electrical problem Sunday at about 10:25 a.m. A backup system failed to start the lift again, and the ski patrol began helping passengers off with ropes at about 10:45 a.m., a process that took more than two hours, according to the resort and to lift passengers.

Read more at VTDigger.org (Stalled Stowe chairlift to undergo state inspection)

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