^Quick Draw Express Lift shown on Ski Granby Ranch’s Trail Map
Huber and her two daughters, aged 9 and 12, were thrown from Granby’s Quick Draw Express Lift back in 2016 when the chair they were riding struck a tower at a 45-degree angle. Huber died in the incident and her two daughters sustained significant injuries.
The family of Kelly Huber have not released how much the settlement is worth.
The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board conducted an investigation in which they found problems with the chairlift’s drive system. You can read the full investigation report here.
They believe that the drive system issue, in conjunction with modifications to the chairlift’s power system by the resort and energy supplier Electramic Associates, caused the chair to rapidly speed up. The dramatic change in speed caused the chair the Hubers were riding to swing and strike the tower.
It probably goes without saying, but I don’t really have any kind of humorous or satirical spin for this story. It’s just sad all-around.
My thoughts and condolences are with the friends and family of Kelly Huber. There’s no amount of money to replace a loved one, but hopefully the settlement will help the family to pay any outstanding bills and move forward with their lives.
Image Credits: Ski Granby Ranch