The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, has recently affirmed a defense verdict on behalf of one of the firm’s clients involving a ski injury. The plaintiff, who was ten years old at the time, was skiing with his father and brother at the Snow Creek Ski Resort in Westin, Missouri. As he was traveling down the slope known as Six Shooter, he left the groomed trail and fell after encountering a water bar, or drainage ditch, injuring himself. His injuries included the loss of one of his kidneys. The plaintiff alleged that both Snow Creek and Peak Resorts were negligent in failing to warn of or barricade the water bars. The plaintiff also claimed that the slope was mismarked, in that it was designated a blue slope, and not a black slope. The case was tried in Platte County in January of 2009. Joe Roper tried the case for Peak Resorts, the corporate owner of Snow Creek, as well as a number of other ski facilities throughout the United States.