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.
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 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.”
D.M., a commercial airline captain, was snowboarding on a green run at Telluride when B.G, a Telluride resident, crashed into him from behind. B.G. denied he was at fault for the crash, arguing that a phantom beginner on the slope below him forced him to change his course into D.M. Evan Banker took B.G.’s deposition, and compelled an admission that B.G. saw both D.M. and the beginner skier downhill of him, and that he could have stopped without causing a collision, but decided to attempt a passing maneuver instead. Allstate, B.G.’s insurer, later...
Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker represented B.N., a professional ski instructor. On a day off, B.N. was skiing at Loveland when a researcher visiting from Mexico collided with him, breaking his ankle through the fibula. The defendant, his wife, and a third eyewitness each claimed the collision was B.N.’s fault. B.N. maintained throughout he was skiing carefully and in control and was hit from behind. Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker ultimately proved B.N. was right, that the collision was the fault of the defendant, and obtained a settlement in the...