Chairlift modification likely caused deadly fall

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GRANBY, Colo. (KKTV/AP) - UPDATE Jan. 20: Electrical problems are to blame for the death of a Texas woman at a Colorado ski resort according to investigators.

Melissa Cipriani, CEO of Granby Ranch, said in a news release Friday that the contractor modified the electrical drive/control system of the Quick Draw Express lift before the ski season. A Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board report says problems with that system "contributed to a rare dynamic event that occurred on the lift at the time of the incident."

A chairlift carrying 40-year-old Kelly Huber and her two daughters hit the support tower at Ski Granby Ranch in late December, causing the family to fall onto hard-packed snow. The mother was killed while both of her daughters were injured.

The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board released a report earlier in January stating problems with the chairlift's electrical drive and control system "contributed to a rare dynamic event that occurred on the lift at the time of the incident."

Resort officials didn't specify what modifications were made.

PREVIOUS (12/29/16): Tragedy struck a Colorado ski resort after an out-of-town family fell from a chairlift.

A mother of two children is dead and both kids were hospitalized Thursday when the three fell from a lift at Ski Granby Ranch. Police say one of the kids is in stable condition and the other was flown to Children's Hospital in suburban Denver for treatment. The family was visiting from Texas according to the Denver Post.

The ski resort is about 90 miles west of Denver.

The death comes during one of the busiest weeks of the ski season in Colorado.