SEATTLE — A Lynnwood man who tripped over a rope and fell while skiing at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort last year issuing the ski area for negligence, saying operators should have marked or removed the obstacle.
Asparuh Asparuhov filed suit against the resort in King County Superior Court in October, seeking an unspecified amount in damages. His attorneys at Davis Law Group publicized the case in a blog post Feb. 6.
Asparuhov fell on Feb. 10, 2018, near the base of the Promenade run just beneath the lift called Kehr’s Chair. A video from his GoPro camera shows the fall from his perspective.
Asparuhov and his attorneys claim he "hit a rope strung across a pathway" as he approached the foot of the run. The skier was "severely injured, suffered, and continues to suffer, physical disability and pain, emotional trauma, medical expenses, loss of earnings and other damages," his attorneys wrote. The lawsuit claims there were no warning signs or markers placed around the obstacle.
Since the accident, Stevens Pass Ski Resort has changed hands from Ski Resort Holdings LLC to Vail Resorts. In a response to the suit, resort lawyers said the business denies that "a rope had been strung across the trail" before Asparuhov's crash, and said harmful falls are always possible on the slopes
Asparuhov "specifically assumed the risks inherent in (the) sport of skiing, including losing control and skiing into a marked rope defining a ski trail," they wrote.
No trial date has been set.
Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013