Skier faces prosecution over death

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Discipline on the slopes has long been a serious affair in North America's ski resorts. Nathan Hall, 18, a ski racer, is facing criminal prosecution in Colorado following a fatal collision with a British beginner in Vail on 20 April. The state is pondering charges either of manslaughter or negligent homicide.

Mr Hall struck Alan Cobb, 33, a cabinet-maker from Ipswich, who was skiing only for the fourth time. He died from a fractured skull. If Mr Hall is charged with manslaughter and convicted, he could face 16 years in jail. A speeding skier "is a weapon too", said District Attorney, Pete Michaelson.