Ski Law Blog

Litigating Recreational Accidents from the Plaintiffs’ Perspective

Jim Chalat presented as a faculty member at the 35th Annual National CLE Conference – Civil Litigation at Vail, Colorado on January 3-7, 2018. His presentation reviews recreational accident claims with an emphasis on ski accidents and ski law. The presentation is a 61-page pdf file, if you wish to have a copy please email […]

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First Colorado Ski Fatality of 2017-18

The ski season has just begun, yet a death has already occurred at Monarch Ski Resort. The victim was a twenty-three year old member of the U.S. Army from Ohio. Chaffee County deputies reported that he was snowboarding on Dec. 2nd at Monarch when we lost control and crashed into a tree. This is by […]

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Collision Ski Accident Injures Vail Ski Instructor

On January 26, 2017, R.F. was skiing with Beaver Creek/Vail Resort ski instructor Jennifer Ellis. Ms. Ellis and R.F. were following two of her grandchildren and another hired instructor down Latigo. This is a groomed blue run, or more difficult run. Latigo turns into Dally, a green or easiest run, which the group descended on. […]

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Mandatory Ski Helmets

Boyne Resorts has adopted a new policy requiring all workers to wear safety helmets when working on the mountains. The new policy follows the death in March of Alexander Witt, an employee at Sugarloaf USA in Maine. Witt was not wearing a helmet while working on a steep trail at Sugarloaf, when he fell. The […]

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Breckenridge Skier Hit by Snowboarder

On February 17, 2017, J.S. was skiing on the Columbine trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Summit County, Colorado. J.S. was skiing below Jess Porter on this intermediate run. Mr. Porter was snowboarding at a high rate of speed when crashed into J.S. from behind. J.S. was skiing with a companion who was behind him […]

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Skier Collision Results in Severe Fracture

On January 10, 2016, the Plaintiff, P.T. and the Defendant, Sonia Ceranek, were skiing at Keystone Ski Resort. They were both descending the Flying Dutchman trail at Keystone Ski Resort. P.T. was skiing downhill of Ms. Ceranek, in control of his speed and course and plainly visible to uphill skiers. Ms. Ceranek was descending Flying […]

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Skiing on a Familiar Trail Ended Unexpectedly with a Collision & 8 Broken Ribs

P.T. has skied the Flying Dutchman at Keystone many times. During her run on February 10, 2016, P.T. was making short, controlled turns and was clearly visible to uphill skiers also skiing this more difficult “blue square” run. P.T.was struck from behind and on the right by the Defendant, John Joseph. As a direct result […]

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Aspen SkiCo Weiner Roast Causes Lift Accident

This case involved a lift loading accident at the base of the Deep Temerity bowl in Aspen Highlands.  Ryan Bradley, a Basalt Middle School teacher, outdoorsman and expert skier, was in line to board the Deep Temerity lift on a snowy Presidents’ Day weekend.  The lift attendants were grilling hot dogs and passing them out […]

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