An Eagle County jury found no liability for the injuries suffered by a ski instructor injured in a collision on Beaver Creek mountain. Dan Sheffield, a retired Denver attorney and Beaver Creek ski instructor, sued a Mexico City family for injuries he said he suffered in a collision with their 13-year-old son. The collision occurred Dec. 13, 2010, as Sheffield was making his way under the Cinch lift near Spruce Saddle. Sheffield was hit from behind on the left side, suffering a broken shoulder and other injuries.
The attorney representing the teen and his family said it was an accident and that there was nothing wrong with the way the teen and his friend were skiing. And during testimony in their civil trial last month, the teen testified that Sheffield hit him.
The six-person jury agreed that Sheffield had been injured, but found that it was not the teen’s fault. Sheffield had asked for a year’s income as damages in his lawsuit.
Both teens who were skiing together at the time of the accident testified that they were skiing within their ability and in control. Evidently, the jury found the two teens credible.
The teen and his family live in Mexico City. They have a condo in Beaver Creek.