Wyoming Ski Law
Have you been injured while skiing in the state of Wyoming?
If you have been injured by another skier or snowboarder, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries. Please fill out and submit a contact form or call us on our main line at 303.861.1042. We will listen to your story and help you if we can. If it is an emergency, please call Jim Chalat on his cell and if he cannot pick up right away he will forward your message to a partner at the firm. All of the lawyers in the firm have extensive experience in representing injured skiers or snowboarders who were injured due to another skier’s negligence. The consultation is free, even if it is time-consuming and if we need to read records you have about the possible case. We are always happy to answer your questions even if you aren’t sure yet if you want to hire a lawyer.
Operators of ski areas
Are skier/snowboarder collision cases barred by waiver?
Typically not. The ski pass waiver and/or assumption of risk language on a lift ticket do not immunize other skiers or riders from liability. Except in the rare case where you are run down by a ski area employee in the course of his/her duties, the liability waiver on your season pass or the assumption of risk language on your lift ticket do not protect the other skier from responsibility and liability.
Can claims against the Operators of a ski area be barred by waiver?
Wyoming courts will enforce clauses releasing parties from liability for injury or damages so long as the clause is not contrary to public policy. Generally, specific agreements absolving participants and proprietors from negligence liability during hazardous recreational activities, such as skiing or snowboarding, are enforceable, subject to willful misconduct limitations.
How do you prove fault?
You can help us in the early stages with the evidence in the case. Here are some items that are helpful:
- Your lift pass, and your lift pass scan data for the day in question. These may help us establish the timing of your last lift up, and to determine speed and location relative to the other party involved.
- Any photos or mobile phone data, such as tracking data, times of calls, texts.
- Preserve your clothing and equipment worn at the time of the collision. Usually the skis or board on which you were riding will have gouges, marks or damage which establish the relative positions and direction of travel of the parties involved.
- Any medical records, such as discharge summaries, CD’s with x-rays or scan data.
- The exchange of information form from Ski Patrol with the other party’s name, address, and contacts.
- Any ski patrol incident report forms which you get from Ski Patrol.
- The trail map for the area at which the incident occurred.
- Names and contact details of any witness who came forward and indicated that they had observed the accident.
In addition to the basics of skiing in control, avoiding collisions with things or people, keeping a lookout, here are some basic safety considerations for skiers and riders:
- Inspect your equipment. Your bindings should be adjusted professionally and serviced before the season. If you want to do this yourself, know what your correct DIN setting should be, be sure that your boots can releaser properly at the correct forward pressure and twist. Some professionals make sure they can kick out of their bindings to test the release function.
- Be sure to wear your glasses or contacts if you need them to see distances. Our rule is that if a person’s driver’s license is restricted for glasses while driving, a reasonable skier or snowboarder should wear his or her correction when skiing or riding. Acquire and wear goggles or, when appropriate, high altitude protective sunglasses with an adequate UV, polarizing and other safety standards.
- Wear clothes that enhance your visibility. White pants with a forest green parka is not an ideal outfit. You want to stand out; not blend into the background.
- Improve your fitness and your skill. Stay in shape to ski or ride. Take a lesson and work on your form, skill, turns, and control.
- Carry the most basic 1st aid gear. Carry your phone. Dial 911 if you need ski patrol. Most ski area ski patrol dispatch stations will get a forward from 911 if the caller identifies him or herself as at a ski area with an injury or other matter calling for attention.
Snowboarders, in addition to the above:
- The front foot should be attached to the board by the leash.
- Backside turns: look behind you and check your blind spot.
- Kneel or stand facing up the hill when stopped on a run; stay to the side of the trail.
- When riding a lift, detach your rear foot.
All Skiers and riders:
- Consideration of the other Skiers: Every skier has to behave in a way he or she doesn’t endanger or damage any other skier or snowboarder.
- Controlling of speed and way of skiing: Every skier has to ski on sight. He has to adapt his speed and way of skiing to his
- abilities and the conditions of the terrain, the snow and the weather as to the traffic density.
- Choice of track: The skier coming from behind another has to choose his track so that skiers before him won’t be endangered.
- Overtaking: Overtaking is allowed from above or below, from right or left but always with a distance so that the skier being overtaken has space enough for all his/her movements. Snowboarders be aware of your blind sport (left side for regular, right side for goofy) and check before making any maneuver.