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Sugarloaf Outage Left Skiers on Lifts for a Few Minutes

CARRABASETT VALLEY, Maine - A spokesman for Maine's Sugarloaf ski resort says the skiers who were stranded the longest on lifts by a blown fuse had to wait for about 10 minutes.

A blown fuse idled lifts for about two hours at the resort on Saturday. Diesel power back-up allowed employees to get passengers off the lifts after the outage. Spokesman Ethan Austin says some skiers were able to get off the lift within a few minutes.

The blown fuse cut power to all of the chairs above the Sawduster lift. That amounts to about half of the resort's lift lines. Austin says new equipment that had been installed at the resort after a 2015 accident worked fine.

Austin says Sugarloaf electricians and Central Maine Power crews restored power later that afternoon.