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Ski Resort Accidents

Denver and the surrounding areas in Colorado are known for its beautiful landscapes and unique recreational opportunities. They are home to a variety of ski resorts, including Breckenridge Resort, Copper Mountain Resort and Keystone Resort. With such as bustling atmosphere, accidents sometimes can happen.

Ski resorts have a responsibility to keep visitors and tourists safe, and if they fail to do so they could possibly be held liable. You should not have to suffer because of the negligence of another. When a person is injured, he or she has a two-year period in which he or she can bring a lawsuit for damages. It is important to act immediately after an accident.

Attorney for Ski Resort Accidents in Denver, CO

If you or a loved one has been injured in a ski resort accident, contact Denver personal injury attorney Jennifer Donaldson. The legal team at the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson can help you fight to recover the compensation you deserve to cover the costs of your injuries.

Jennifer Donaldson can help you understand how Colorado's Ski Safety Act limits ski area operators' liability in many ways including:

  • a two-year statute of limitations for all actions to recover damages for injury caused by the maintenance, supervision, or operation of a ski area, § 33–44–111, C.R.S.; and
  • a one-million-dollar cap on damages that may be recovered by a skier injured while using a ski area, § 33–44–113.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation with personal injury attorney Jennifer Donaldson. She represents clients throughout Denver and the surrounding areas including Boulder, Longmont, Lakewood, Arvada, Aurora, Thornton, Westminster, Centennial and Littleton.

Call (303)-458-5000.

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Colorado Ski Safety Act

The Colorado Ski Safety Act was created to establish reasonable safety standards for ski businesses and define the rights and responsibilities of ski area operators and those who are patrons. Additionally, the act was designed to outline the rights and liabilities of the skiers and others on the slopes.

Ski operators and businesses are required to follow the rules of the legislation. Some of the requirements could sufficient and visible marking for ski trails, providing certain warnings pertaining to the courses, installing and using lighting to help with visibility in certain areas and even warning guests of snow-grooming equipment nearby.

Additionally, ski resort operators and their employees are expected to operate ski lifts with extreme caution. Because the machines can be dangerous, the operators should use the highest degree of care. They can be prone to accidents, such as falls or some minor injuries.

Skiers also are expected to meet certain expectations while on the course, for the well-being of themselves and others. For instance, skiers should only be on trails within their abilities. Traveling somewhere too dangerous could create problems for themselves and other skiers.

They also should maintain an appropriate speed and be aware of their surroundings as to not collide with another skier. They also should avoid skiing on courses that have been closed to the public and avoid snow-grooming equipment.

If a ski operator or another skier fails to meet these expectations and a person is injured, he or she could be held liable for damages. It is important to know the rules of skiing for yourself and for others. This means understanding what is expected of you and how you can react if another violates them.

The Ski Safety Act ("SSA") requires a ski area operator to print lift tickets containing a warning to skiers of the “inherent dangers and risks of skiing,” using language drawn from section 33–44–103(3.5). § 33–44–107(8)(c), C.R.S. (2015). The required lift ticket warning notifies skiers that they assume the risk of injury from a host of hazards, specifically: “[c]hanging weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.”

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Types of Accidents That Can Occur at Ski Resorts in Colorado

A variety of accidents can happen at ski resorts, whether it is on the slopes or near the lodging quarters. Some of the most common ski resort accidents include:

  • Skier collisions;
  • Snowboarder collisions;
  • Ski lift accidents;
  • Slip and falls, such as on icy sidewalks or wet floors;
  • Ski equipment failure; and
  • Ski area negligence, such as failing to mark proper trails.

If a skier or a snowboarder fails to be aware of his or her surroundings and collides with another person, the negligent skier could be at fault and held liable if the other person was injured. High-speed impact collisions can cause a plethora of injuries, including broken bones, brain injuries and even spinal injuries.

In these cases, ski patrol can investigate the accidents and complete an accident report detailing the events that happened and who may have witnessed it. This can be critical when filing a personal injury lawsuit against the other person.

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Finding a Ski Resort Accident Lawyer in Denver County

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed because of a Colorado ski resort's negligence? Contact a Denver ski resort accident lawyer at the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson to begin seeking the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

Denver personal injury attorney Jennifer Donaldson can make sure you are well represented and work to get favorable results in your case.

Call (303)-458-5000 or submit an online form to schedule a free consultation.

This article was last updated on Friday, March 30, 2018.

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