Colorado Ski Resorts Enjoy Unique Immunity from LawsuitsBy Steve Casimiro on March 22nd, 2013
Colorado ski operators have escaped liability for such incidents as an inbounds avalanche, a ski instructor running into a 9-year-old, and a decaying bridge injuring a skier, all because of a 34-year-old law that was originally designed to protect family-run ski resorts from ruin, even as the bulk of the state’s ski areas are now run by huge corporations. Now a number of high-profile lawsuits are bringing more attention to the law. Coloradans are especially unhappy that a more recent statute makes it even harder for season-pass holders to sue. That’s because if you hold a pass to, say, Vail, and get injured and you think the mountain’s at fault, you pay not only your own attorney fees but the resort’s as well. If the same thing happened and you were on a day pass it would still be hard to find the resort at fault, but you wouldn’t be paying for both sides of the legal fight. Via Denver Post.
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