Wife of skier killed in Winter Park avalanche files suit against Intrawest


— The wife of a skier killed in a January avalanche inside the Winter Park ski area has filed a wrongful death suit targeting the Denver-owned ski area’s operator, Intrawest.

“It is up to the people who are running the ski area to either rope off the area or make sure it’s safe,” said attorney Michael Burg, whose Burg Simpson firm is representing Christopher Norris’ widow, Salyndra Fleury. “A family goes up skiing and they have no idea there is a potential to be killed by an avalanche. That’s ridiculous. This is gross negligence.”

Intrawest declined to comment citing company policy to not talk about pending litigation.

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mark hartless 5 years ago

This is what we have come to in the American legal system? "A family goes up skiing and has no idea there is a potential to be killed by an avalanche..." Seriously? Avalanches while skiing in the mountains, who would have ever guessed?


rhys jones 5 years ago

Wolf Creek had a ski patroller killed in an avalanche early last season, and I never saw any lawsuits about that. I worked there one year, and every morning you'd hear "Boom!! Boom!!" before the lifts opened, as they blasted potential avalanches. It's likely the current suit has a valid basis in fact, IntraWest cutting every corner they can to save a dime. Customers DO have a reasonable expectation of safety. Now lift tickets here and elsewhere will go up, to pay the settlement. Not to worry, their pockets are deep, and thank you for contributing.


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