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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.”


Telluride Skier Crashes into Snowboarder

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...


Loveland Skier Collision Results in Broken Ankle

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...


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...


Fellow Ski Student Collision Causes Pelvic Fracture

On February 8, 2012, B.P. was enrolled in a ski class at Taos Ski Valley in Taos, New Mexico. The class was navigating a series of small rollers in a terrain park when another member of the class lost control and collided into B.P. from behind, fracturing her pelvis in multiple places. Because the pelvic fractures were located in the lower pelvis near the nerve systems for the bladder, B.P. also suffered from nerve damage resulting in urinary dysfunction. Despite several months of rehabilitation, B.P. still had complaints of residual pain and her...


Minor Boy Suffers from In-Uniform Instructor's Negligent Skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort

9-year-old Kane Johnson was skiing on an “easiest” trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort when defendant, an uphill skier and ski instructor at the resort, who was skiing unreasonably fast, collided with the boy. As a result of the defendant’s negligence, Kane suffered damages, including a right, mid-shift femur fracture requiring an open reduction with plating and screws.


Skier/Snowboarder Collision at Telluride

Mrs. Chris Docksey (skier) and Taylor Janda (snowboarder) collided at high speed on the Village Bypass ski trail at Telluride Ski Resort on December 20, 2009. Ms. Janda disputed liability. Mrs. Docksey suffered a significant left elbow/arm fracture (that required surgical repair), a left knee injury (that required surgical repair) with permanent sequelae and the potential of requiring a knee replacement in the future, and a significant left shoulder injury (that required surgical repair). Her medical expenses were approximately $160,000. Mrs....


Uphill Skier Collides Into Another at Vail

On December 7, 2011, Plaintiff Skip Johnson and defendant Kenneth Johnson were skiing at Vail Ski Resort in Vail, Colorado.  Kenneth Johnson skied into Skip Johnson from uphill and behind.  Skip Johnson sustained a right femur fracture that had to be surgically repaired.  The case was brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.  The case settled for $280,000.