Sugar Bowl Makes Safety Upgrades to Chairlifts

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As snowboarders and skiers fly down the mountains at Sugar Bowl Resort, more eyes are keeping a close eye on their every move.

Cameras have been placed at two lifts as part of their safety programs

“That will serve as not only proof, but also for the operators so they can see tape of how they are supposed to secure the kids,” Director of Marketing John Monson said Thursday.

In addition, lift operators must put down the safety arm for all kids under 51 inches tall.

The upgrade comes one year after John Henderson, 7, fell off the Lincoln chairlift to his death.

“It was a great loss for the community, but if working with the family creates areas for safety moving forward, that is the legacy we want to leave behind,” said Monson.

While kids can still ride alone if there is a third person on the lift it has to be an adult.

Sugar Bowl says they will put up more cameras in the future if needed.

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