The Englewood man accused of trying to ski jump the crowd at Copper Mountain Resort’s closing day pond skim has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors, dodging a felony that law enforcement suggested might be pressed because the disastrous stunt broke a woman’s collarbone.
Hayden Wright, 27, was charged with third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday.
A prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office said the evidence didn’t indicate Wright had malicious intent making the jump.
“You need intent to cause a serious bodily injury for felony assault, and I don’t believe he intended to injure anyone — but he was reckless,” deputy DA Lisa Hunt said. “I think he was just trying to have the best jump.”
The incident occurred on April 14 during Copper’s annual Slopesoakers pond skim and freestyle skiing contest. A witness said Wright announced his intent to jump the crowd beforehand while holding a Bloody Mary. Sheriff’s deputies did not measure Wright’s blood-alcohol content, and it’s unclear whether or not he was intoxicated.