A woman and her two daughters were in a chairlift at the Granby Ranch ski resort when the fatal accident occurred. At around 9:30 a.m. local time, the 40-year-old woman and her girls, aged 9 and 12, fell from the lift about halfway up the snow slope.
USA Today reports that the woman was killed in the fall from the ski lift. The two girls were hospitalized, one in stable condition. One of the girls was taken to a children’s hospital in Denver for treatment, reports the San Antonio Express-News.
Officials say state regulators who oversee chairlifts are assisting with the accident investigation. USA Today reports that fire officials did not know yet how the family fell from the lift and if there were any suspicious circumstances involving the accident. Granby Ranch is located roughly 90 miles west of Denver.
Fatalities related to ski lift falls are extremely rare, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The National Ski Areas Association says only 12 people have died due to ski lift malfunctions since 1973 – only three of these deaths occurring between 2004 and this past October. The association says deaths involving chairlifts that did not malfunction are even rarer.
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