One of Baldy Mountain Resort’s two chairlifts was closed to the public for the third consecutive day yesterday while the RCMP investigates the actions of a former employee. The Sugarlump Quad at the British Columbia resort closed on Saturday reports Global News.
A report cites an ongoing RCMP investigation into a former employee and “procedural difficulties caused by certain stolen records,” as the reasoning behind the closure.
“As some of you may have heard, we are actively investigating and dealing with the actions of a former employee,” the resort wrote on its Facebook page on Jan. 25. “We have reported several infractions of this former employee to the RCMP. Because this is an active investigation, we cannot go into the specifics of these actions at this time.”
The resort is working with authorities to get the lift reopened.
“Our team has taken all necessary (and extra) precautionary steps to ensure that our equipment and lifts are operating safely and efficiently,” read the Facebook post. “In addition to working with Technical Safety BC, we have also been in contact and are working with our lift company partners and experts in chair lift mechanics to ensure ALL lifts are safe and operational.”
Oliver RCMP said a criminal investigation is underway, although no charges have been made yet.
“As a result of the actions allegedly taken by the individual, at the focus of the police investigation, resort officials chose to shut down the affected ski lift operations to ensure the safety of their customers. Further inspections are occurring this morning (Jan. 27) after which all lifts are expected to reopen.”
According to its Facebook page, Baldy has consulted legal counsel and will take all necessary steps to pursue the responsible parties. There is no expected opening date for the chairlift, and the resort is taking it one day at a time. They did, however, stress that “the chair has no outstanding mechanical issues and is ready to go”.