Jury to decide if Vail was at fault for avalanche death

Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 13:31:50-04

VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- A jury will decide if Vail Resorts properly closed an expert ski run where a teenager was killed in an avalanche.

District Judge Fred Gannett ruled Friday that jurors must decide if signs on the run called Prima Cornice were sufficient when 13-year-old Taft Conlin was swept away in January 2012.

The upper gate on the run was closed, but the lower gate was left open.

The Vail Daily reportsthe boy accessed Prima Cornice through the lower gate -- as several others had already done that day. Gannett says if Vail Resorts knew skiers would get in through the lower entrance, jurors could find that the company "at the least tacitly condoned this access."

The Vail Resorts' media office declined to comment about the case, which is set for trial in August.

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