When the Colorado Court of Appeals held that avalanches within the boundaries of open runs at Colorado ski resorts are an inherent danger, ski enthusiasts across the country took note. Under the holding, ski area operators do not have to warn skiers or close runs, even when the avalanche risk is high. The 2-1 decision, which immunizes resorts from claims after avalanche-related deaths or injuries, is the first of its kind in the country. Boston public radio station WBUR interviewed Jim Chalat about the impact of the case.
Aspen Public Radio also spoke with Jim about the ruling, listen to the interview at Court: Avalanches In Ski Areas OK.