Litigating Recreational Accidents from the Plaintiffs’ perspective

Jim Chalat presented as a faculty member at the 35th Annual National CLE Conference - Civil Litigation at Vail, Colorado on January 3-7, 2018. His presentation reviews recreational accident claims with an emphasis on ski accidents and ski law. The presentation is a 61-page pdf file, if you wish to have a copy please email a request  

Ski Law Trends for 2016

The Colorado Supreme Court will soon decide Salynda Fleury, individually and on behalf of Indyka Norris and Sage Norris, and as surviving spouse of Christopher Norris v. In-tra West Winter Park Operations Corp., 2014SC 224, argued Sept. 29, 2015.Was it merely weather and snow that killed Christopher Norris, or was his death caused by a disregard for hazards that Winter Park had the abil-ity, information and standards to forecast and thus have closed Trestle, is the issue before the court, or potentially for a jury. Read the article by our ski lawyers which appeared in the March 7, 2016 issue…

Ski Law Trends for 2014

The notable trends in ski law this year include in-bound avalanches are an inherent risk of skiing, and the extent to which waiver and release language can be used to protect ski area operators. Read Jim Chalat's discussion of these developing issues as published in the January 20, 2014 issue of Law Week Colorado, Colorado Ski Law Issues for 2014.

Updated Standards for Ski Helmets and Why It Matters

Standards for Helmets intended for Recreational Snowsports are governed by ATSM, as adopted by ANSI. The first standard was adopted in 2000, this article is updated to include the most recent ASTM standard adopted in 2011. The active standard is available for purchase at the ANSI website. In 2000, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recognized the severity of injuries associated with skiing and recommends the use of helmets and protective headgear for recreational skiing and snowboarding. The purpose of the helmet is to partially absorb the force of blunt trauma and dissipate the energy so that the head…

Ski Law in Colorado

SKI LAW IN COLORADO:THE TIMOROUS NO LONGER STAY AT HOME, by James H. Chalat, Chris Koupal, Eric Samler. First published by The Colorado Lawyer (February, 2002) Vol. 31, No. 2