Verdict Reached in Conlin v. Vail Case

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Vail continues to advocate skier safety at their resorts, following the Conlin case. Vail blog photo.

A verdict was reached this past week regarding the wrongful death of 13-year-old Taft Conlin at Vail Resorts in January 2012. Conlin’s parents, Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Stephen Conlin, sued Vail for negligence in properly closing dangerous terrain.

However, the jury ruled for Vail Resorts, concluding that the resort did indeed properly close the Upper Prima Cornice where the avalanche took Conlin’s life, according to an article by Vail Daily.

While content with the verdict, stating that the decision was consistent with Colorado law, Vail Resort’s Chief Operating Officer Doug Lovell remains sympathetic to Conlin’s family.

“[We are] aware of how difficult the trial has been for everyone involved, and we remain deeply saddened by the tragic events of January 22, 2012, and for the family and friends of Taft Conlin,” said Lovell. “The company continues to place the highest value on the safety of our guests and employees and is proud of the Vail Ski Patrol and their ongoing commitment and professionalism. We will continue to work hard each and every day to mitigate risk and provide a safe environment for skiers and snowboarders on the mountain.”

Although Conlin’s parents lost the case, they remain hopeful that the trial will bring awareness to skiing and riding safety. “Even with today’s verdict, our efforts have already made a difference,” said Ingalls in an interview with Vail Daily expressing her desire to make resorts safer.

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