Wyoming Jury Finds No Liability Against Resort in 2009 Chairlift Spill

May 12, 2014

A Wyoming jury has ruled that Snow King Resort was not at fault for a 7-year-old’s 2009 tumble from a ski lift.

The final judgment stated that Glenn and Leya Oswald would recover nothing from the case, and the couple must also pay Snow King’s costs of defending the lawsuit.

According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the Oswalds filed the case in 2011 claiming the resort was negligent and responsible for their son’s 50-foot fall from the Cougar chairlift during a Jackson Hole Ski Club program in 2009.

Attorneys for Snow King argued successfully at trial that the boy’s fall was the result of the natural risks of skiing and that their claims were barred from court by the waivers the Oswalds signed before the program began.

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