March 18, 2011
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Maureen Ryan, the mother of a skier who died on Howelsen Hill in 2011, testified Wednesday before the state Senate Judiciary Committee about a bill that proposes to increase the damages cap for a lawsuit against a government entity.
On Thursday, 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill issued an order denying the city of Steamboat Springs’ request to dismiss a claim from Maureen Ryan related to the death of her son, Cooper Larsh, while he was skiing at Howelsen Hill on March 17, 2011.
During the second day of an evidentiary hearing for a lawsuit about the death of Cooper Larsh at Howelsen Hill Ski Area in March 2011, the defense called two witnesses, both sides made closing arguments and a gulf remained between the competing sets of facts.
Evidentiary hearing under way in lawsuit over 2011 skier death at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs
Thursday was the first day of an evidentiary hearing related to the snow-immersion death of Cooper Larsh at Howelsen Hill on March 17, 2011. The hearing continues Friday morning.
Maureen Ryan, who lives in Boulder County, filed a lawsuit against the city of Steamboat Springs, which operates Howelsen Hill, for the wrongful death of her 19-year-old son, Cooper Larsh.
A 19-year-old Boulder man died Thursday after crashing into deep snow near the Alpine slide at Howelsen Hill. Cooper Larsh's stepfather described him as an avid skier with a good sense of humor.