New Zealand ski area suffers lift tower collapse, no one injured

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 17, 2010 10:09 am

Turoa Ski Area at Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand recently discovered a surprising development during their daily lift inspection.

On the afternoon of June 15th, staff responsible for de-icing and checking the High Noon Express at Turoa found that tower 9 had been severely damaged from a significant shock load caused by the natural release of cable ice. It’s believed this is not due to any design or structural defect in the lift.

Damaged lift tower 9 – Photo: Mt Ruapehu

Wednesday saw a break in the weather allowing the resort to begin removing all damaged parts, and expect to have this clean-up finished by the weekend.

The High Noon Express is a six-passenger detachable chairlift that features a ride time of about 10 minutes. The lift services some of the most advanced terrain offerings found on Turoa.

Doppelmayr, the lift’s manufacturer, is fast tracking delivery of all necessary plans and specifications required to install a new tower. Current projections show that the lift will be out of action for 3 – 4 weeks.

Hey, the whole situation could always be worse, as Turoa didn’t destroy their own chairlift like this unfortunate incident in Kazakstan…