The Colorado Court of Appeals has decided that the city of Steamboat Springs waived its governmental immunity in the 2011 death of Cooper Larsh on Howelsen Hill. The Court of Appeals affirmed 14th Judicial District Court Judge Shelley Hill’s ruling in January 2013, holding that the area at the top of the Alpine Slide where Larsh is thought to have skied through constitutes a “dangerous condition” that waives the city’s immunity from tort lawsuits.
Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker lawyers Jim Chalat and Evan Banker represent Cooper’s mother, Maureen Ryan, in the case against Steamboat Springs. Evan Banker gave the oral argument before the Court of Appeals in support of the trial court’s ruling, and is quoted in the Steamboat Today.
Read the news report at City of Steamboat appeal denied in Howelsen Hill skier death case.