Crystal Mountain Ski Resort chairlift accident blamed on rope tension

British Columbia's safety authority is pointing to poor rope tension as the main culprit behind a chairlift accident at a B.C. ski hill last year.

Four people were injured when the chairlift rope came off the track, sending 3 chairs plunging to the ground

In March 2014 a chairlift at Crystal Mountain Resort near West Kelowna, B.C., had its cable come loose, sending three chairs plummeting into the snow and putting four people in hospital. (B.C. Safety Authority)

British Columbia's safety authority is pointing to poor rope tension as the main culprit behind a chairlift accident at a B.C. ski hill last year.

In March 2014 a chairlift at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort near West Kelowna, B.C., started swinging, then hit a tower, causing the line to go off the track and sending three chairs plummeting into the snow.

Four people were sent to hospital, two in critical condition.

A newly released report from the B.C. Safety Authority makes seven recommendations aimed at preventing a similar mishap. The bulk of those recommendations deal with the proper use of counterweight on a chairlift rope.

The safety authority said Crystal Mountain has received those recommendations but has yet to complete any work.

The hill's website says it plans to reopen for the 2015-16 ski season.