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Colorado officials propose changes to ski lift systems

The Associated Press

The Quick Draw Express lift, which brings skiers to beginner and intermediate terrain at Ski Granby Ranch.

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 on Monday that the upcoming changes to chairlifts will be small, but will improve safety.

The move follows the death of Texas mother who died last December after falling from a chairlift at Ski Granby Ranch. 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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