Court: Avalanches are an ‘inherent risk’ at state ski areas

By scott miller

DENVER — Taft Conlin and Christopher Norris are linked by tragic circumstances. They’re also linked in law.Conlin and Norris both died in ski area avalanches Jan. 22, 2012, Norris at Winter Park, Conlin at Vail. Both were skiing in-bounds at the time. Both families filed suit against the respective ski area operators — Vail Resorts and IntraWest. The Norris case was resolved Tuesday in favor of IntraWest.In a 5-2 decision, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that an “avalanche that occurs within the bounds of a ski resort qualifies as an ‘inherent danger and risk of skiing’” under the 1979 Colorado …

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