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Quote of the Day - Skiing: I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of the hill. - Erma Bombeck

Injured Skiers Don't Seem To Get The Message When They Sue Ski Resorts

It's time for MIPTC's annual roundup of the winter ski resort appellate opinions.  It seems like every year, someone gets hurt on the ski slopes and then sues to recover for their injuries.

It's just that practically all of the courts routinely reject these claim because the skier "assumed the risk" of injury as soon as she stepped on the snow.  It's really that simple.  It's a somewhat dangerous sport, and you're likely to get hurt if you're not careful or well-trained.  On the other hand, if you know what you're doing, it's one of the most enjoyable sports next to scuba diving.  Where else can you be outside exercising in the mountains letting gravity do all the work and then get a hot toddy and a hot tub afterward?  But to ski safely, there's a price.

Here's the part where I give my pitch to hire a ski instructor. 

After all, I'm one myself - so says the Professional Ski Instructors Association - West.  I even have a little pin to prove it.  Seriously, though, it's well worth it.  You and the ski instructor will be able to cut the long lift lines and get right to the top, you'll get personal instruction and you're less likely to get injured and your day on the slopes will be much more enjoyable.

Which is the whole point anyway.  Unlike Karen Towns, who not only got injured skiing, but also didn't get anything when she sued

Posted by J. Craig Williams on 2/7/2007 at 21:29 Comments (0)


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