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What is a Ski Collision Case?

What is a ski collision case?Skiing is not a contact sport and being blindsided by another skier or snowboarder is not an inherent risk under either Colorado or Utah law. Colorado law presumes that the uphill skier or boarder is at fault in a skiing accident, because the overtaking skier has the primary duty to avoid the skier below. In Utah, skiers are required to exercise “reasonable care” to avoid collisions. Usually, this also means the uphill skier must yield to skiers below.Thus, one of the key issues in any skier/skier case is who was the...


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...


Parents Push for Colorado Chairlift Safety

Parents have joined forces to urge Colorado lawmakers to be aggressive towards the legislation renewing the Colorado Passenger Tramway Board into 2030. Parents want more flexibility to safeguard the state’s chairlifts. Lisa Wilder, a parent and ski safety advocate and other parents of skiing children, are pressuring lawmakers to be stricter with the board that governs chairlift safety. Parents want the board to be more thorough in tracking chairlift injuries and disciplining ski resorts who don’t meet safety standards.


Ski Rage Incident

In 2016 12-year-old J.A. was snowboarding for the first time at Mountain Creek Resort, when he slipped on an ice patch and slid into R.B., a young child on the bunny slope. J.A. was in shock after striking the child and his immediate thought was to get up to make sure R.B. was ok. As J.A. went to stand, he was struck by an adult skier from behind. According to J.A., the adult man stabbed him on his abdomen with the pointed end of his ski pole. The adult man then proceeded to punch J.A. in the face multiple times. J.A. sustained a rib contusion,...


Helmets Save Lives

 


Teens Rescue Boy Dangling From Ski Lift

On March 1, 2019, a group of teenagers pulled together to rescue an 8-year-old boy, who was dangling from a ski lift at a resort in Vancouver. The teens heard the young boy crying for help, as he was being held by a man on the lift with him. The boy was dangling more than 20 feet above the ground. Ethan Harvey and his group of friends rushed to grab nearby fencing and used it to make a net for the boy to safely fall into. The boy kicked off his skis and dropped to safety. The heroic teens caught the young boy in their makeshift net. It is...


Is Resort Skiing More Dangerous?

 


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.