Colorado officials propose changes to ski lift systems

System could be required at all resorts in state

Officials are looking to implement a system that would create a delay between when lift operators slow and accelerate a chairlift’s speed after a woman died in December after falling from a chairlift. Enlarge photo

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Officials are looking to implement a system that would create a delay between when lift operators slow and accelerate a chairlift’s speed after a woman died in December after falling from a chairlift.

DENVER – Colorado officials are recommending safety changes to ski lift systems statewide following the death of a woman.

Colorado’s chief chairlift inspector Larry Smith told The Denver Post Monday that the upcoming changes to chairlifts will be small but will improve safety.

The move follows the death of a Texas mother who died last December after falling from a chairlift. Kelly Huber and her two daughters fell from the chair after they hit a tower.

Officials are looking to implement a system that would create a delay between when lift operators slow and accelerate a chairlift’s speed. They believe the change will reduce the chairs’ movement. The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board is considering making the delay system a requirement.

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