Illinois Ski Law

No ski safety act. Government and its employees immune from claims arising from “hazardous recreational activity,” defined to include skiing. sledding, and tobogganing, that occurs on public land. 745 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 10/3-109.


Collins v. Barlett Park Dist., 2013 IL App.(2d)13006

Bartlett Park District, terminated the employment of plaintiff, John Collins, after plaintiff challenged his supervisor’s decision to continue operating an allegedly defective ski lift at full capacity. Plaintiff filed a two-count amended complaint, alleging (1) retaliation in violation of section 20 of the Whistleblower Act (see 740 ILCS 174/20 (West 2012)) and (2) the common-law tort of retaliatory discharge.The trial court dismissed both claims, and plaintiff appealed. Appeals court affirmed the dismissal of the whistleblower claim, but reversed the dismissal of the retaliatory discharge claim.

Novak v, Virene, 586 N.E.2d 578 (Ill. App. Ct. 1991)

The court declined to extend common law contact sport liability limitation to skiing, finding that skiers owe each other duty of reasonable care, and that skiing is not a contact sport, cert denied.