Mother Files Lawsuit Against New York Resort After Teen Son Dies in Skiing Accident

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Mother files lawsuit against resort after teen son dies in skiing accident
Bristol Mountain is a small ski resort in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Photo: Bristol Moutain

The mother of a Syracuse, NY, teen, who died following a February 2022 incident at Bristol Mountain in Western New York, is suing the ski resort. According to, Lisa Cuomo, of Manlius, filed court papers that her 15-year-old son Christain was killed after accessing a dangerous Olympic-sized ski jump. In the complaint filed in the state Supreme Court in Onondaga County, Cuomo alleges that Troser Management, the company that runs Bristol Mountain, was negligent in maintaining and controlling what was thought to be a feature in the terrain park.

Christian Cuomo, a 15-year-old student at the Christian Brothers Academy, was injured on Feb. 21 during his first ski trip to Bristol. He was thrown 95 feet through the air away from the slope and fell roughly five stories, according to accident investigators, who his parents hired as part of their lawsuit. In a news release after the incident, the Ontario County sheriff’s office said Christian, wearing a helmet, landed face first and sustained severe head and facial injuries. Cristian would succumb to his injuries and pass away two days later.

mother of teen who was killed at bristol is suing the resort
Bristol Mountain Ski Resort offers 1,200’ of vertical and 2 high-speed quads. Photo: Bristol Moutain

Cuomo claims the terrain park had left unmarked, ultra-hazardous conditions which were not apparent to her son — specifically the landing area for a large professional ski jump. During the winter season, Bristol Moutain maintains an area set up for Olympic freestyle aerials at the base of their terrain park. According to court papers, before Feb. 21, Troser had removed the jump and left an unmarked landing area that should have been roped off. During his use of the terrain park, Cristian tried to navigate what he believed to be a terrain park feature. The teenager crashed in the unmarked landing area, resulting in serious head trauma. 

The complaint does not list a monetary amount for damages, including alleged wrongful death. Troser Management has up to 30 days to answer the complaint.

mother sues resort after son dies
Open since 1964, Bristol Mountain’s mission is to provide a fun, family environment and a memorable experience for all ages. Photo: Bristol Mountain

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3 thoughts on “Mother Files Lawsuit Against New York Resort After Teen Son Dies in Skiing Accident

  1. And this is why your lift ticket is over $ 200.00
    despite the fact that you indemnify the resort and everyone associated with it, you still need to sue for damages for your child’s lack of skills and reckless disregard of the inherent risk associated with skiing.

  2. Gapers born to lose, I’m talking about the whole family. Hopefully they can’t reproduce another gaper.

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