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See Calendar for all scheduled meetings and/or rulemaking hearings including agendas!
Please note meeting dates are subject to change and/or cancellation.
Meetings and rulemaking hearings are normally held at 1560 Broadway, Denver, Colorado. For specific dates, times and locations, please refer to the Calendar and Agenda page.
The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board was established in 1965 to inspect and register ski lift devices. The Board was originally composed of six members who were defined by the statute. In 2001, the structure of the Board underwent some minor changes. The Board composition was redefined to include a representative from the U.S. Forest Service, two members representing the industry, two members representing the public at large, one member who is a licensed professional engineer not employed by a ski area or related industry, and one member familiar with or experienced in the tramway industry who may represent the passenger tramway manufacturing or design industry.
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. Inspection of lifts are made by professional engineers working on a contract basis with the state of Colorado. One engineer conducted all inspections and clerical duties from 1965 to 1969. Currently, we have eight contract inspectors.
Since 1967, the Tramway Board has been required by statute to adopt lift design and safety standards as formulated by the American National Safety Standards Institute (ANSI) Safety Requirements for Aerial Tramways and Lifts, Surface Lifts, Tows, and Conveyors. Board revisions and additional rules not covered by ANSI are published in the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board Rules and Regulations annually.
Detailed CPTSB History
The original board was comprised of five members, including one member from the United States Forest Service.
In July of 1967, HB-1118 was adopted with the following addition:
In 1974, the Colorado Division of Labor attempted to transfer the authority of the CPTSB to the Department of Labor and make the Board advisory in power only. However, the bill did not muster any sponsors and was not even presented to committee for consideration.
In July of 1976, HB-1122 was enacted with the following amendments:
July 1977, HB-413 was enacted with the following amendments:
In 1983 and again in 1987, legislation providing for the Tramway Board once again survived Sunset. In the process:
On March 23, 2001, Governor Bill Owens signed Senate Bill 01-201 reestablishing the Board until July 2008. The current enabling statute, 25-5-part 7, is printed in the Colorado rule book. New this time is:
On April 10, 2008, Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. signed House Bill 08-1244 reestablishing the Board until July 2019. New this time is:
Director of Mountain Operations, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Area Representative, Keystone
|Scott F. Mitchell P.E.
U.S. Forest Service Forest Service Representative, Lakewood
|Ann Sheflin, P.E.
President, The Sheflin Group Inc.
Non-Industry Related Professional Engineer, Littleton
Vice President of Mountain Operations, Aspen Skiing Co. Area Representative, Aspen
|Dan Corcoran, P.L.S.
Eagle County Surveyor,Eagle
Partner, The Loyalty Partners Evergreen
Project and Development, Leitner-Poma of America, Grand Junction
|Industry Related Representative|
Technical Committee Members
|Brooks Beal, P.E., Boulder||Professional Engineer Member|
|Grant Ellis, Keystone||Area Representative Member|
|Frank Fidler, Master Lift Electrician, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., Steamboat Springs||Area Representative Member|
|Scott F. Mitchell, P.E., Lakewood||U.S. Forest Service Representative Member|
|Russell Roselius, P.E., Doppelmayr CTEC, Arvada||Professional Engineer Member|
|Lawrence R. Smith, P.E., Denver||Supervisory Tramway Engineer Member|
|Joyce J. Young
|Lawrence R. Smith, P.E.
|Supervisory Tramway Engineer|
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