Third Snowboarder Death of Season

A third young male snowboarder has died after losing control. This accident occurred at a Lake Tahoe-area resort around 1:15pm on December 7th. The victim was boarding at Sierra-at-Tahoe on the lower Snowshoe trail at a high rate of speed when he lost control. He was several feet off trail when he collided with a snow fence. He was not wearing a helmet. Ski patrol called paramedics, but the snowboarder could not be revived.

Second Skier Death in December

A second skier has died after hitting a tee while skiing at a Colorado ski resort. This accident occurred on the same day as the fatal Monarch accident. The victim was a young man from Illinois who had recently moved to Larimer County for school. He was snowboarding on a beginner’s run when he lost control and hit a tree. He was not wearing a helmet and the Larimer County coroner ruled his death accidental due to severe head trauma. With patchy snow and icy conditions on the slopes, maintaining control may be more challenging. Always ski within your ability,…

Major Recall of Fire Extinguishers

Kidde, a major manufacturer of smoke alarms and fire safety products, has issued a recall of 134 models of fire extinguishers. The 40 million fire extinguishers recalled are for home, vehicle and recreation use by consumers, some manufactured as long ago as 1973. The recalled models can become clogged or fail to discharge when needed. All the units have plastic handles and buttons which may break or detach under force. The extinguishers may be white, red or silver and were sold nationwide by several retailers, including Amazon. Kidde has received 391 reports of malfunctioning extinguishers, with 16 incidents of injury…

First Colorado Ski Fatality of 2017-18

The ski season has just begun, yet a death has already occurred at Monarch Ski Resort. The victim was a twenty-three year old member of the U.S. Army from Ohio. Chaffee County deputies reported that he was snowboarding on Dec. 2nd at Monarch when we lost control and crashed into a tree. This is by far the most common accident which results in death on the ski slopes. The Ohio native was wearing a helmet, but often blunt trauma to the chest is the cause of death in ski collisions with trees. After the 2015-2016 ski season, the National Ski…

California Focuses on Ski Safety

In an odd battle of dueling ski safety guides, California skiers have two resources providing safety information for the slopes. The California Ski Industry Association has released the first Mountain Safety Guide for the 2017-2018 season. The non-profit organization represents 28 ski resorts in California and Nevada under the brand Ski California, and, much like Ski Colorado, it works to promote ski industry relations with the community. The group describes the guide as educational for guests with advice on how to ski and snowboard safely. A copy of the guide can be found here. Michael Reitzell, president of the California…

Dangers of CO Poisoning

Just this past week five people died of carbon monoxide, CO, poisoning. A youngster and adult perished in an outdoor trailer while camping, and grandparents and child were poisoned by a poorly installed furnace. The week before, eleven people went to a New Jersey hospital with CO poisoning. As people closeup homes against the cold weather and fire up heating systems, the risk of CO poisoning is increased. Many households have gas furnaces or oil-burning furnaces, portable generators, or charcoal grills which produce this poison gas. Carbon monoxide is produced when a fossil fuel is burned in a furnace, vehicle,…

Happy and Safe Halloween

Trick and treating is a great favorite when it comes to holiday traditions, but children are more than twice as likely to be victims of a fatal car accident on Halloween than on any other day of the year. To guard against a Halloween nightmare, follow some simple precautions: Before the Big Night: All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision If children are allowed out after dark, consider using reflective tape on their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test…

Mandatory Ski Helmets

Boyne Resorts has adopted a new policy requiring all workers to wear safety helmets when working on the mountains. The new policy follows the death in March of Alexander Witt, an employee at Sugarloaf USA in Maine. Witt was not wearing a helmet while working on a steep trail at Sugarloaf, when he fell. The resort was fined $11,400 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Boyne Resorts operates nine ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada. A spokeswoman for Boyne told New Hampshire Public Radio that the new policy now applies to all its resorts, which also include Maine’s…

Jim Chalat Chosen Barrister’s Best – Personal Injury Lawyer

Colorado Law Week Barrister’s Choice: Jim Chalat, Chalat Law As a skiier who’s known for ski-related litigation, Jim Chalat may know know the ins and outs of personal injury a little more personally than most. Not many people can say they’re national experts on ski litigation, but he’s one of them. Some of his triumphs in other areas of personal injury include an $18.5 million award in a drunk driving case and a more than $10 million verdict in a medical malpractice case, one of the largest of its kind in Colorado.

2017-18 Colorado Ski Season Opening

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, A-Basin, has won the first-to-open competition for this season. The resort is scheduled to open this Friday, announcing that the Black Mountain Express lift will turn at 9 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. A-Basin mountain operations will continue to make snow as weather permits to open additional terrain. Loveland and A-Basin were the first mountains in Summit and Clear Creek counties to make snow this year, kicking off operations on Sept. 25. Unlike other ski areas, Loveland and A-Basin don't set opening dates, opting instead to spin lifts soon.…