The injury rate for recreational skiers and snowboarders is approximately 1.37 per 1,000 skier/snowboarder visits. In Colorado, this translates to about 25,000 injuries, from minor to severe, each ski season. Snowboarders and skiers suffer different types of injuries, but their statistical likelihood of an injury is equivalent. Despite common misconceptions, snowboarders are neither more dangerous nor more likely to be injured than skiers.About 5% of all skiing injuries are due to collisions. The uphill or overtaking skier (or rider) has the...
On February 11, 2018, C.F. was skiing on the skier’s right side of Andrews run as he passed the treeline on the right side of lower Sashay, and continued slowly on Andrews while looking down Sashay eyeing a location to drop in. As C.F. began turning towards Sashay, intending to enter Sashay on the left (far) side of Sashay, Mr. Anderson attempted to pass him on the right and collided into his back right side, knocking C.F. into the first tree on the left side of Sashay. He landed on his back with his left thigh against the tree, feet uphill, and...
On March 8, 2017, two brothers and a friend were on their way back to the Elk Camp area near the end of the day. They had skied The Burn, taken Trestle down and around and rode the Alpine Springs Chair up. They unloaded from the chair proceeded down Turkey Trot.
On January 26, 2017, R.F. was skiing with Beaver Creek/Vail Resort ski instructor Jennifer Ellis. Ms. Ellis and R.F. were following two of her grandchildren and another hired instructor down Latigo. This is a groomed blue run, or more difficult run. Latigo turns into Dally, a green or easiest run, which the group descended on. While on Dally, R.F. was blindsided and hit by Mr. Buckley, who was merging onto Dally from a glade on Addy’s, a black diamond or most difficult run.
On February 17, 2017, J.S. was skiing on the Columbine trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Summit County, Colorado. J.S. was skiing below Jess Porter on this intermediate run. Mr. Porter was snowboarding at a high rate of speed when crashed into J.S. from behind. J.S. was skiing with a companion who was behind him at the time of the collision. The companion caught the entire accident on his Go-Pro camera, leaving no doubt as to liability for the collision.
New Year’s Day 2017 at Park City, Utah V.T. was descending the upper section of Another World, a blue, or intermediate run, when Mr. Filbrun entered Another World from an unmarked, gladed section of the mountain at a high rate of speed and collided into V.T.
On January 10, 2016, the Plaintiff, P.T. and the Defendant, Sonia Ceranek, were skiing at Keystone Ski Resort. They were both descending the Flying Dutchman trail at Keystone Ski Resort. P.T. was skiing downhill of Ms. Ceranek, in control of his speed and course and plainly visible to uphill skiers. Ms. Ceranek was descending Flying Dutchman from uphill of him.
On February 17, 2015, Tom Dubert, a Chicago Fire Paramedic, was skiing at Keystone on vacation with his son and family friends. The five of them began skiing down the Flying Dutchman run. Mr. Dubert and one friend stopped to adjust their equipment while the remainder of the group continued down.
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.”
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,...