Colorado’s Ski and Safety Act, which outlines responsibilities for skiers and resort operators, was originally designed to protect the small, family owned ski areas from lawsuits and skyrocketing insurance costs.
Now the Act has been used to insulate the multiple multibillion-dollar corporations and real estate developers who now own nearly all of Colorado’s ski resorts from liability.
As a recent three-part series in the Denver Post discussed, ski areas have attempted, in the past, to escape liability for inbound avalanches, ski resort employees plowing into 9 year olds and rotted bridges or buildings injuring skiers/snowboarders.
However, in recent years, Colorado courts have turned up the heat on the Ski industries attempts to avoid liability. [Read more…]