Injured skier suing brothers |

Injured skier suing brothers

Tim Mutrie

A Minnesota man who claims two brothers from California hit him from behind while he was skiing at Snowmass ski area last ski season is suing the brothers and their father.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Pitkin County District Court by John Durand of St. Anthony, Minn. Durand claims that on Dec. 7, 1997, he

was skiing down the Max Park ski run, or the Mousetrap, just above the Ullrhof restaurant when Ryan and Steven Michas, of Huntington

Beach, became entangled with each other and collided with him from behind. As a result of the collision, Durand sustained permanent and disabling injuries, including spiral fractures to his left tibia and fibula (both bones of the lower leg), the suit indicates.

The lawsuit claims the Michas brothers were skiing too fast for the congested conditions that existed on the trail, that the brothers failed to keep a proper lookout and that they failed to ski in control. The factors cumulatively resulted in their collision with Durand, according to the suit.

The lawsuit further claims that William Michas, father of Ryan and Steven, a minor, negligently failed to supervise the skiing activities of his sons. Under the circumstances, William Michas is liable for the injuries and damages sustained by Durand, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit also claims that as a result of the defendants’ negligence, Durand sustained a loss of consortium with his wife, Artyce. “Plaintiff Artyce Durand has suffered loss of consortium, including loss of society, services, comfort and affection, and interference with the marital relationship,” the suit claims.

The Durands are seeking an unspecified amount in damages. The lawsuit includes a demand for a jury trial.

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