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Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board

Passenger Tramway HOME


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Welcome to the Passenger Tramway Homepage

The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board regulates aerial tramways, surface lifts, tows, and conveyors for recreational purposes in Colorado.The Board establishes the design, operation and maintenance standards, reviews requests for variance from the rules, and investigates accidents related to the operation of tramways. The Board also conducts regular inspections of the installations it regulates.The Board's focus is ski-related equipment but also licenses other types of tramways. The Board does not regulate elevators, escalators, amusement park rides, zip lines, or bus and taxi systems.

Colorado conducts three different types of inspections a year. Licensure inspections are performed in the fall for winter operations and in the spring for summer operations, the annual unannounced inspections are conducted in the early winter, and, unannounced inspections for areas operating lifts for foot passengers are performed in the summer. Inspections of lifts are made by professional engineers working on a contract basis with the State of Colorado.

Program Information

Board Members

Joyce J. Young, Program Director

Board Members

  • Bryce Beecher, Chair
    Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC, Denver
    Public Member

  • Robin Vidimos, P.E., Vice Chair
    Project Engineering Manager, Centennial
    Non-Industry Related Professional Engineer

  • Irma Dementina Abalos
    U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development, Littleton
    Public Member

  • C.A. Lane
    Assistant General Manager/Vice President of Resort Operations, Winter Park Resort, Winter Park
    Area Representative

  • Jeffrey Copeland
    Technical Director, Leitner-Poma of America, Grand Junction
    Industry Related Representative

  • John Kamb
    U.S. Forest Service, Lakewood
    U.S. Forest Service Representative

  • Sam Williams
    Senior Director of Mountain Operations, Purgatory Recreation 1, LLC, Durango
    Area Representative

Technical Committee Members

  • Brooks Beal, P.E.
    Professional Engineer Member

  • Grant Ellis
    Lift Maintenance Mechanical Manager, Keystone Ski Resort, Keystone
    Area Representative Member

  • Justin Gross, P.E.
    Leitner-Poma of America, Grand Junction
    Professional Engineer Member

  • John Kamb
    U.S. Forest Service, Lakewood
    U.S. Forest Service Representative

  • Ken King
    Lift Maintenance Manager, Telluride Ski & Golf, Telluride
    Area Representative Member

  • Lawrence R. Smith, P.E.
    Supervisory Tramway Engineer Member

Public Notices

There are currently no Public Notices

Legislative Updates
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