Highlands & Islands

Edinburgh man sues Cairngorms ski centre over fall

The CairnGorm Mountain ski centre near Aviemore is being sued by a man who broke his left hip in a fall while skiing there four years ago.

Christopher Hutton, 51, of Edinburgh, spent two weeks in hospital and was left with one leg shorter than the other after falling on the M2 blue run.

The electrician claims proper piste grooming was not done and there were no warnings of icy lumps on the slope.

The company denies negligence and said there was no record of any hazard.

It said there were no other incidents and no complaints from other skiers about conditions on the day of Mr Hutton's fall in March 2010.

CairnGorm Mountain said that its ski patrol had been told by a companion of Mr Hutton that "due to flat light, he may have gone off a small kicker or clipped a fence".

Hazard poles

At a civil court hearing at Inverness Sheriff Court, advocate Craig Murray asked Sheriff David Sutherland to order the company to hand over information about what risk assessments were carried out and the identities of some of the staff working at the time.

He also wants disclosed documentation which would reveal whether or not the M2 run was inspected, when and by whom and if there is a record of any hazard having been identified and hazard poles erected.

Mr Murray said the documents and other information had previously been sought from CairnGorm Mountain but not handed over.

Sheriff Sutherland ordered the company to produce the required information by 16 July.

Cairngorm Mountain, represented by local solicitor Jordan McCarter, argued that much of the information sought was not relevant or had already been disclosed.

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