PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Tussey Mountain Ski Lift Malfunctions On Opening Weekend

Update 3:24 p.m.: Tussey Mountain released a statement once again apologizing for injuries sustained as a result of the malfunctioning equipment that the ski resort affirmed had passed the Department of Labor and Industry’s Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety Elevator Division’s inspection.

“We take the safety of our guests very seriously, and are saddened to learn that there were non-life threatening injuries as a result of this accident,” the statement read. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this caused to all of our skiers and snowboarders and want to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support.”

Update 12:29 p.m.: Tussey Mountain apologizes “to anyone who was offended” by the account using #sorry after multiple minor injuries sustained in ski lift malfunction.

Update 12:22 p.m.: The malfunction involved four chairs and caused minor injuries to five people, according to No serious injuries were reported.

Original story: The chair lift at Tussey Mountain malfunctioned Saturday morning — the first day of Tussey’s season.

Multiple fire departments, ambulances, and police have responded to the incident, according to the Centre Daily TimesEmergency crews appear to be lowering people with ropes, and several people left the scene in ambulances.


Alpha Fire Company confirmed via Twitter at least three companies are on the rescue.


A tweet from Tussey Mountain says there is no collapse, but ski patrol, EMS, and staff are evacuating everyone on the lift. “Still waiting on official word,” the tweet says.

Here’s what appears to be a scanner transcript from the incident, which says chairs slid backwards and slammed into each other, pinning people into the chairs with multiple injuries reported.

Tussey Mountain tweeted earlier this morning to apologize for “difficulties with the chairlift” saying it may not be able to run today. The timeline of events in relation to the tweet is unclear at this time. #sorry

Tussey Mountain is less than ten miles from campus; Penn State uses the area for snowboarding and skiing classes.

We’ll update this post with additional information as the situation develops.

About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


State College Links
More by Elissa

Short Seeks To Unite Penn State Community, Tackle Rising Costs

“The future is far more important than the past, and everything that I do if elected will be focused on the future and making our great university even better, including honoring the past.”

Night Of Remembrance To Honor Students Who Passed Away This Year

University Responds To Racist Video Posted On Social Media


Tony Carr Signs With Octagon Basketball Agency

Carr will join Steph Curry and Giannis Antetokoumpo at one of the NBA’s premier talent agencies.

Penn State Baseball, Lion’s Pantry Join Forces To Help Fight Food Insecurity

Penn State Men’s Gymnastics Sophomore Stephen Nedoroscik Crowned Pommel Horse National Champion

Penn State Baseball’s Offense Better Suited For Football

Club Cross Country Hosts Not-Hoosier Half Marathon After Nationals Cancellation

Student Life

Life Is A Journey To Be Experienced, Not Solved: Nathaniel Pinskey’s Senior Column

“I made mistakes, I changed my major, I made a fool of myself more often than not, and yet I somehow made it to the last week of classes.”

Night Of Remembrance To Honor Students Who Passed Away This Year

Penn State Baseball, Lion’s Pantry Join Forces To Help Fight Food Insecurity

Saquon Barkley Shows Some Skin On SI Cover

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, and he and his most vehement supporters say there’s no reason he won’t go No. 1 overall.

The Grades Are In: How Blue-White Players To Watch Performed

Micah Parsons, Nick Tarburton, and Lamont Wade all did themselves well in new positions over the weekend, while Sean Clifford showed us what he’s capable of.

Two Found Guilty In Murder Of Penn State Professor

Two people will spend the rest of their lives in prison after a Centre County jury on Monday found them guilty of murdering Penn State professor Ronald Bettig in August 2016.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Oh, The People You See On A Nice Day In State College

Nice weather brings everyone out of their caves. Here are some of the types of people you may see if you step outside of yours.

Send this to a friend