Dozens stranded on Blue Hills chairlift after malfunction

CANTON, Mass. — Dozens of skiers were stranded on a chairlift at Blue Hills Ski Area, some for more than two hours, after a malfunction Thursday night, just three days after a child was seriously injured in a chairlift accident there.

On Thursday, some jumped off their chairs and others were removed by ski patrol.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the chairlift began moving again, skiers told Boston 25 News, and the remaining stranded people were able to get off. No one was injured, but many reported they were extremely cold and anxious to get off the lift in frigid temperatures that were in the teens.

Canton firefighters were on standby, ready to assist ski patrol if needed. State police were also on the scene.

On Monday, a 7-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after falling about 35 feet from his chair while riding the double chairlift.

Blue Hills Ski Area said in a statement of Monday’s incident an “inspection revealed no identifiable mechanical issues with the double chairlift and it is fully operational.”

Boston 25 News reached out to Blue Hills Ski Area about Thursday’s malfunction but did not receive a comment by late Thursday night.


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