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Parents Push for Colorado Chairlift Safety

Parents have joined forces to urge Colorado lawmakers to be aggressive towards the legislation renewing the Colorado Passenger Tramway Board into 2030. Parents want more flexibility to safeguard the state’s chairlifts. Lisa Wilder, a parent and ski safety advocate and other parents of skiing children, are pressuring lawmakers to be stricter with the board that governs chairlift safety. Parents want the board to be more thorough in tracking chairlift injuries and disciplining ski resorts who don’t meet safety standards.


Teens Rescue Boy Dangling From Ski Lift

On March 1, 2019, a group of teenagers pulled together to rescue an 8-year-old boy, who was dangling from a ski lift at a resort in Vancouver. The teens heard the young boy crying for help, as he was being held by a man on the lift with him. The boy was dangling more than 20 feet above the ground. Ethan Harvey and his group of friends rushed to grab nearby fencing and used it to make a net for the boy to safely fall into. The boy kicked off his skis and dropped to safety. The heroic teens caught the young boy in their makeshift net. It is...


Channel 7 Interviews Jim Chalat on Lift Safety

Following a fatal fall from a chair lift at Granby Ski Area, Channel 7 performed an in-depth investigation into why the lift malfunctioned and whether others are at risk when visiting Colorado ski resorts. Read the full report here.


Aspen SkiCo Weiner Roast Causes Lift Accident

This case involved a lift loading accident at the base of the Deep Temerity bowl in Aspen Highlands.  Ryan Bradley, a Basalt Middle School teacher, outdoorsman and expert skier, was in line to board the Deep Temerity lift on a snowy Presidents’ Day weekend.  The lift attendants were grilling hot dogs and passing them out to the crowd.  Approximately 15 minutes earlier, the Deep Temerity lift was stopped and a chair was rigged with a support structure to evacuate an injured skier in a toboggan.  The lift attendants had forgotten that the chair with...