Our ski lawyers track a wide range of ski law developments including major skier deaths, ski lift accidents and ski injury claims and cases.
U.S. Forest finds Vail without blame for avalanche death, see Vail Gets Pass From U.S. Forest Service For commentary from Jim Chalat, visit Forest Service review clears Vail in avalanche death.
Ski area operators have required waivers for years, and recently have attempted to use the waivers as a defense against claims for violating the Ski Safety Act. When a Colorado ski area operator neglects its duties under the Ski Safety Act, can a waiver prevent the injured victim from suing the ski resort? Pitkin County District Court Judge Denise Lynch recently ruled that the waiver does not relieve the ski area operator of its statutory duties. For a news report, see Judge rules against SkiCo in hotdog negligence lawsuit, or read our blog post Ski Safety Act Trumps Waivers.
New Jersey becomes the first ski state to require use of ski helmets. See New Jersey First to Require Ski Helmets.
Federal Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit finds California snowboarder death result of inherent risks of sport. See California's assumption of inherent risk doctrine applied.
Colorado Court of Appeals rules that question of adequacy of boundary marking with an interesting note on exculpatory agreements, see No Dilution of Statutory Duties With Liability Waiver
Canadian Appeals Court rules on duty to supervise children in ski school - Ski School Group Lesson Does Not Imply Unaccompanied Runs
Ski Town Jury Finds for Ski Collision Victim - trial of Sexton v. Kavcak
Waivers Do Not Act to Prohibit Utah Skiers Lawsuits
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