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USA Today: Family of killed snowboarder sues Nev. ski resort

Nov 17, 2006 | emkeach | Uncategorized | No Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old boy killed in an avalanche at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort has filed a civil lawsuit against the owners of the resort and others.

Brett Hutchison died after he was swept from a ski lift at the resort in Lee Canyon on Jan. 9, 2005.

Hutchison family attorneys Robert Murdock and Marty Keach filed the lawsuit Thursday in District Court, saying the resort ignored warnings of the danger of an avalanche at the time of the fatality.

Murdock called Hutchison’s death a “preventable tragedy.”

It was not immediately clear who would be representing the resort in court.

Authorities said Hutchison was snowboarding when he boarded the ski lift. Moments later, a wall of snow came rumbling down the mountain and swept him and three others off the lift.

An investigation conducted by the U.S Forest Service found the resort did not comply with its avalanche control plan.

The lawsuit names as defendants Powdr Corp., Lee Canyon Ski Lifts, Lee Canyon Ski Corp., and various employees of the resort.

The suit seeks both compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $10,000.

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