Injured Skiing? Do You Have a Claim?
In most instances, when you are snow skiing, you assume the potential risk of injury that comes with the sport. You have responsibility for determining your skill level, for only skiing on slopes that are appropriate to your skill level. If you fall on a challenging hill or run into a grooming machine or snow-making machine, you will probably not have a legal claim against the resort owner.
The owner or operator of a ski resort does have responsibilities, however, when it comes to the operation of a ski lift. This includes:
- A duty to properly maintain and service a ski lift—The owner must complete all routine or necessary maintenance, and must regularly monitor the lift for any mechanical problems.
- A duty to monitor lift lines to minimize risk of injury—The owner or operator must also have procedures in place to monitor movement or traffic on and through lift lines, so that appropriate actions can be taken if a skier falls in a lift line, becomes entangled in a ski lift, or is not properly secured on a ski lift
- A duty to make certain that employees are properly trained to identify potentially dangerous situations and take appropriate steps to minimize risk of injury
- A duty to ensure that the snow around the lift is compact—One of the most common causes of falls and injuries at a ski lift is soft snow. The owner of the resort should have practices in place that make certain snow around a lift is firm.
- A duty to oversee entrance to and exit from the lift—The lift operator should make certain people are correctly entering and exiting the lift.
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