Still Time to Register for my Ski Area Operations Risk Management Course at Colorado Mountain College this FallPosted: August 25, 2016
Hurry and sign up you’ll get 45 hours of me for the price of 3.
Program at a Glance
Degree: Ski Area Operation (AAS)
Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)
Oh you can feel sorry for the 19 & 20 year students will be suffering with me for 45 hours this fall.
Fridays: Leadville, Colorado
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (plus a lunch break)
This also means for the next ten (10) Fridays I’ll be unavailable by phone or email for most of the day. Call or email and I’ll get back to you during a break.
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As I have talked about before, skier v. snowboard litigation is growing and a real mess. See 8 Year old boy sued in Colorado for ski collision. That case settled, see Lawsuit settles. However another lawsuit has been filed in Colorado see: Lawsuit filed in Snowmass skiing accident.
In this current case a husband and wife from Illinois are suing a snowboarder from New York. Allegedly the snowboarder was uphill from the plaintiffs and traveling at a high rate of speed when he hit the husband. The husband suffered a broken leg, broken collarbone and a torn rotator cuff. The spouse is suing for Loss of Consortium. Loss of Consortium is the loss of the services a spouse provides to a marriage. Loss of consortium includes the loss of sex. If you married sex has a value.
Colorado specifically allows for skier v. skier litigation in its Skier Safety Act. C.R.S. 33-44-109(1) (see below) when many states have said that skier v. skier collisions are a risk you assume when skiing. (Skiing here is interchangeable for any activity at a ski resort using the snow and mountain.)
The legal basis of the complaint is the failure of the snowboarder to comply with the Colorado Skier Safety Act. The Colorado skier safety act is a statute first passed in 1979 and amended several times. It is the strongest legislation protecting ski areas in the US. The act does have several requirements for skiers. Colorado Revised Statutes § 33-44-108 states:
As you read through this section of the act, you will notice however that the act places burdens on all skiers that must be followed. If you don’t you could be sued.
When you ski, you have to follow the rules and the laws. Everyone worries about the speed patrol or the ski patrol yanking their ski passes if they ski too
fast or out of control. Here you can see if you ski out of control the repercussions can be much worse.
If you would like more education about ski area liability I teach a college level ski area risk management course through Colorado Mountain College. The course is SAO 110. The course is taught in Leadville Colorado for 10 weeks in the fall and is available online year round.