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Colorado Ski Law

Colorado’s "Ski Safety Act," located at Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 33-44-101 to -114 provides for skier assumption of inherent dangers, and creates statutory duties for skiers and operators. Skiers, inclusive of sledders and snowboarders, have duties to ski within their abilities, with uphill skiers having a primary duty to avoid collision. Breach of skier duties constitutes negligence.No distinction is drawn between young children and adults in application of the Act, such that the common law, particularly that young children can not commit...


Rocky Mountain Region Breaks All-Time Skier Visit Record

The National Association of Ski Areas trade group announced on May 1, 2019, that skier visits in the U.S. increased by nearly 11% over last season with more than 59 million visits. The growth was most dramatic in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Rocky Mountain regions saw skier and snowboarder visits increase by 15.6%. The 2018-19 ski season will go down as fourth best in visitation since 1978. The National Ski Areas Association stated that the Rocky Mountains saw more ski visits than any other region. The visits surpassed 24...


Ski Evacuation in Vermont

On Sunday, January 27, 2019 a chair lift stopped running at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, prompting the evacuation of roughly 160 skiers and snowboarders. The Lookout Double lift stopped operating because of an interruption in the electrical system. It was confirmed by Resort Spokesman Jeff Wise that an auxiliary engine was also not working. Ski patrol started evacuating the lift using rope to rappel people down.


Disputed Facts Result in Settlement

A 2016 ski collision involving a Snowmass Village resident and a New Mexico man volunteering as a guide for disabled veterans resulted in a federal lawsuit. The case illustrates how complicated the dynamics of a ski collision can be.


Continued Conglomeration of Major Ski Resorts

A joint 7/31/17 press release from KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Co. announced the completion of the acquisition of Intrawest Resorts Holdings and Mammoth Resorts. A new company has been formed, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which now owns 12 mountain resorts: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain in California; Steamboat Ski & Resort and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario; Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec; Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont;...