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Channel 7 Interviews Jim Chalat on Lift Safety

Following a fatal fall from a chair lift at Granby Ski Area, Channel 7 performed an in-depth investigation into why the lift malfunctioned and whether others are at risk when visiting Colorado ski resorts. Read the full report here.


Skiing on a Familiar Trail Ended Unexpectedly with a Collision & 8 Broken Ribs

P.T. has skied the Flying Dutchman at Keystone many times. During her run on February 10, 2016, P.T. was making short, controlled turns and was clearly visible to uphill skiers also skiing this more difficult “blue square” run. P.T.was struck from behind and on the right by the Defendant, John Joseph. As a direct result of the collision, she sustained a fractured clavicle, eight broken ribs and 10 fractures, a collapsed right lung, blood and fluids in the chest cavity, pneumothorax, and blunt chest trauma.


Rosie’s Run Proves Dangerous for Skiers & Snowboarders of All Ages

Rosie Run is a black diamond run at Copper Mountain. Both in control of their speed and clearly visible to uphill skiers, the Plaintiffs (R.W. and a minor) were skiing and snowboarding down the mountain at the time of the accident. An eyewitness recalls the Defendant, Peter Thiele, as being “out of control” and skiing “way too fast.”


Vail Skier Crashes Into 9-year-old

On Sunday, March 11, 2012 (Spring Break), B.P. (then 9 years of age) was skiing at Vail Ski Resort in Eagle County, Colorado. Lee Skavanger skied into B.P. from uphill, behind, and at high speed, causing B.P. to sustain a right, mid-shaft femur fracture. Vail Ski Patrol attended B.P. at the scene and evacuated him off of the mountain to Vail Valley Medical Center where Drs. Randall Viola and Normal Waldrop III performed intramedullary nailing that same day. B.P. was discharged on March 13, 2012, and then returned to his home in San Antonio, Texas,...


Collision from Behind Causes Major Leg Fracture

On February 13, 2013, Plaintiff Barbara Findlay and the defendant Shaw Hughes, a student at Aspen High School, were skiing on the Exhibition Ski Trail at Aspen Highlands Ski Resort in Colorado. Shaw was high-speed skiing with a group of other young, high school students when he collided at high speed from behind into Mrs. Findlay. The force of the impact knocked Mrs. Findlay to the ground, causing her to sustain serious injuries, including a right tibial plateau fracture, a fracture to the fibular head and neck with a longitudinal split, right...


Skier Skates Over Skis, Causes Fall

On February 27, 2013, Robert Brown, age 76, was stopped on the side of the Spruce run at Breckenridge Ski Area when another skier came from uphill and ran over the back of Mr. Brown’s ski equipment, causing him to fall over on his right side. Mr. Brown sustained multiple right-sided pelvic fractures with internal bleeding. Due to the presence of internal bleeding, Mr. Brown had to be evacuated from Summit County to a Denver-area hospital where he was hospitalized for 10 days. Mr. Brown’s total medical expenses were $75,000.00. The case settled for...


Skier Crashes into Seven-Year-Old, Fracturing Femur

J.M., a minor.  On February 5, 2012, seven-year-old J.M. was skiing at Keystone Ski Resort in Summit County, Colorado.  He was wearing a helmet.  Mark Lincenberg skied into J.M. from uphill and behind.  J.M. suffered a right femur fracture, an abrasion to his left cheek, and a concussion.  His right femur fracture had to be surgically repaired, under general anesthesia, with internal fixation on February 6, 2012.  J.M. had to undergo, on August 14, 2012, a second surgery, under general anesthesia, to remove the hardware.  Jake’s medical expenses...


Aspen SkiCo Weiner Roast Causes Lift Accident

This case involved a lift loading accident at the base of the Deep Temerity bowl in Aspen Highlands.  Ryan Bradley, a Basalt Middle School teacher, outdoorsman and expert skier, was in line to board the Deep Temerity lift on a snowy Presidents’ Day weekend.  The lift attendants were grilling hot dogs and passing them out to the crowd.  Approximately 15 minutes earlier, the Deep Temerity lift was stopped and a chair was rigged with a support structure to evacuate an injured skier in a toboggan.  The lift attendants had forgotten that the chair with...


Jury Verdict for Mother Run Down by Snowboarder

Natalie Sexton v. Chase Kavcak


$1.5M Settlement for Ski Collision Victim at Utah Resort

Law Reporter - $1.5M Settlement for Ski Collision Victim Injured at Utah Resort