State shuts down Blue Hills ski area after possible malfunction of ski lift

CANTON, Mass. — The state has shut down the William F. Rogers Ski Area at the Blue Hills Reservation after two incidents this week involving a possible malfunction of a ski lift, officials said.

The ski area shall remain closed until safety issues are addressed, state Department of Conservation and Recreation official Paul Casey wrote in a letter Friday to Steven Olsen, manager of Ski Blue Hills Management LLC, and Molly Ross, general manager of Ski Blue Hills Management LLC.

“The Ski Area remain closed until such time that the Ski Blue Hills Management LLC can satisfactorily demonstrate that all issues affecting the safety and integrity of the tramway, including any necessary corrective actions, have been addressed by Ski Blue Hills Management LLC, documentation of such has been provided to the satisfaction of DCR, and DCR approves reopening the facility to the public,” wrote Casey, the DCR’s director of long-term permits and leases.

One of the incidents that occurred this past week “may have resulted in serious injury to a minor,” Casey wrote.

A child reportedly fell from a lift on Monday, and riders got stuck for hours on Thursday.

The popular ski area in Milton and Canton draws thousands of skiers from across the region each year.

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