February 26, 2013
The Barrows chairlift at Howelsen Hill is used at peak times during the season and also services the Alpine slide in the summer. A wrongful-death case involving Cooper Larsh, who died while skiing near this part of Howelsen Hill in March 2011, and another case in Vail have tested the state's venerable Colorado Ski Safety Act, which outlines responsibilities for skiers and resort operators. Both rulings dismissed resort-operator arguments that they were immune from liability according to the Ski Safety Act and, in the Steamboat Springs-owned Howelsen Hill case, the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.
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The state's venerable Colorado Ski Safety Act, which outlines responsibilities for skiers and resort operators, could be tested in two wrongful-death cases in which judges recently denied resort-operator requests to dismiss.