MSA Gondola Falling Down


Ariane Gauthier, Journalist

The Mont Saint-Anne ski resort closed Saturday morning due to a mechanical failure. A cabin slipped off the cable and crashed just before the skier’s arrival.

It is a problem with the gondolas’ ascent that is at the origin of this closure. A cabin slipped on the cable, then came off the downhill side. The security system shut the lift down. Our teams went to the location where the information was recorded to inspect. On site, they found that a car had slipped off the cable and came off on the downhill side.

It is not the first time it has happened, so the clients think it is not just a question of lack of investment. According to many, it is now a problem of public safety and reputation for the region and Quebec. Both men agree that the government must work hard to take control of the situation before it is too late. Fortunately, there were no injuries like in 2020, when 21 people were injured.

Hundreds of disgruntled skiers had to turn back on Saturday morning as they tried to get refunds but were not fully reimbursed. A skier said that, according to him, the facilities had been neglected in recent decades. “The prices go up yearly while the quality of services decreases.”

For many, this umpteenth event, which could have been much more serious, is proof that Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR), which operates the mountain, neglects the maintenance of its equipment. The Quebec government owns Mont-Saint-Anne, but RCR signed a lease in 1994 to operate the mountain until 2093.