Academy Award-Winning Actress and owner of Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow has recently made headlines in the snow sports world. Apparently, Paltrow is being sued for a skiing hit and run that took place at Utah’s Deer Valley Ski Resort in 2016. The plaintiff, Dr. Terry Sanderson, claims that the actress skied out of control and crashed into him from behind, per KUTV News.
Sanderson states that from the accident he suffered a brain injury, four broken ribs, and other serious injuries, for which Paltrow accepted no responsibility at the time of the incident. A witness to the crash agrees with Sanderson. In a taped statement he asserts that Sanderson’s skis weren’t even moving when Paltrow slammed into him from behind.
However, there are two sides to every story. Paltrow’s instructor argues that Sanderson himself was to blame for the crash. Paltrow’s attorney also argues that the actress was downhill when the incident occurred, and multiple eyewitnesses back up Paltrow’s statement. Paltrow herself released a statement saying, “the lawsuit is completely without merit. Anyone who reads the facts will realize that."
The lawsuit also extends to Deer Valley, in which Eric Christiansen, a former employee of Deer Valley, and two other resort employees are being blamed for failing to help Sanderson and filing a false report. Sanderson is suing for $3.1 million.
In a continuation of what has already been a tragic week in the outdoor-sports world, Parks Canada is reporting that a trio of climbers are missing and presumed dead following an avalanche on Howse Peak. The peak lies near the border between BC and Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. “Parks Canada visitor safety specialists immediately responded by air and observed signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment. Based on the assessment of the scene, all three members of
The Mt. Washington Avalanche Center is reporting that a solo skier passed away in the Raymond's Cataract area after triggering a windslab above a terrain trap. He was buried roughly a meter deep for 90 minutes to two hours before being found. While he was apparently breathing after being dug out, he entered cardiac arrest while waiting to be evacuated and passed away shortly thereafter. Raymond's Cataract on Mt. Washington, located between Tuckerman's and Huntington Ravines. Google Maps
Johnson and his wife face up to 24 years in prison if convicted. Aspen PD photo. Derek Johnson, a former Aspen City Councilman and mayoral candidate, stands accused of stealing over two million dollars worth of skis, snowboards, and other goods. According to The Aspen Times, the alleged thefts occurred over Johnson's 17-year tenure as an executive at Aspen Skiing Co. Related: Walmart Just Launched a Proper Mountain Bike Johnson's alleged methods were documented in an arrest warrant affidavit