Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Fatal In-Bounds AvalancheBy Rocky Thompson on May 18th, 2012
The family of a man who died while skiing by himself at Colorado’s Winter Park Resort is suing Intrawest Winter Park Operations Corporation, the company that owns the resort. The slide was inbounds in the Trestle Trees area, 40 feet wide and 60 vertical feet long. The man was found buried about two feet deep. Colorado shield laws limit damages of up to $250k in ski resort lawsuits. The family’s lawyer says that the low limits to damages effectively makes leaving open dangerous parts of the mountain a business decision instead of a safety decision. This is only the second avalanche-related in-bounds death in the state since 1991.