Oliver, B.C. ski hill closes chairlift, reports ex-employee to RCMP

One of Baldy Mountain Resort’s two chairlifts is closed to the public again on Sunday.

For the second day in a row the Sugarlump Quad isn’t ferrying skiers and snowboarders up the hill.

In a somewhat cryptic Facebook post on Saturday, the resort appeared to blame the lift closure and the cancellation of a planned race on Sunday on “stolen records” and the “actions of a former employee.”

The ski resort, located near Oliver, B.C., said it is “actively investigating and dealing with the actions of a former employee” and has “reported several infractions of this former employee to the RCMP.”

On social media, Baldy said it could not elaborate on what exactly it was alleging had happened due to the “active investigation.”

However, in an email to Global News, operations manager Caroline Sherrer said the resort made the police report on Saturday “as tampering with the lift systems is public endangerment.”

Online, the resort also alluded to the possibility that missing records are involved in the closure.

“We wish to let you know that all of our equipment and lifts have been inspected and are operating safely and within code,” the resort wrote to guests on Facebook.

“However, due to procedural difficulties caused by certain stolen records, we have no choice but to wait until these matters are dealt with.”

The ski hills office told Global News it could not provide additional details beyond what the resort had posted on social media, nor could it provide information on when the lift might reopen.

Online the resort said the chair closure “will be one day at a time.”

Sherrer wrote that the resort is waiting for Technical Safety BC to give it the green-light to reopen the Sugarlump Chair following an inspection, which has yet to take place.

However, the resort said it is up to Technical Safety BC when the organization will send an inspector to look at the chairlift.

Sherrer stressed “the chair has no outstanding mechanical issues and is ready to go.”

The rest of the ski resort is expected to be open to the public on Sunday including the Eagle Chair and McKinney T-bar.

Global News has reached out to the RCMP and Technical Safety BC for comment.


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