Class Action Filed Against Vail Resorts for Covid 19 Closures

Vail Resorts Sued for Failing to Refund Epic Passes After Covid 19 Closures   In March, 2020 Vail Resorts made the bold decision to close all 34 of its ski resorts in North America.  That was no small decision with over a month of spring skiing left.  The closure also included all of their resort… Read More

SENA 30K Motorcycle Intercom Review

SENA 30K Motorcycle Intercom Review   I’ve been using the Sena 30k now for just about a year.  I’ve been meaning to write a quick review on it for a while now.  But, even now after about a year of use, I still feel like I haven’t learned how to operate this device proficiently enough… Read More

Resorts Turning to Cameras to Enforce Terrain Closures

Cameras are Being Used by Resorts to Enforce Terrain Closures Resorts have been dealing with the increasing pressure of enforcing terrain closures.  Busy resorts due to inexpensive mega-passes and easy to use backcountry touring gear, plus media culture that has encouraged skiers to seek fresh turns, has pushed more and more skiers beyond the traditional… Read More

Criminal Charges and Trial for Skier who Ducked Rope in Jackson

Trial is set to commence on August 12, 2019 for skier Natalie Burns in Federal Court in Jackson, Wyoming.  Burns is charged with disorderly conduct and violating an emergency closure.  She is accused of ducking a rope and leaving the ski area boundary at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with three others on February 28, 2019. … Read More

People Trampled at Skijoring Event

This is definitely not a headline you see everyday:  People Trampled [by a horse] at skijoring event in 2017 file a lawsuit. This one is certainly breaking new ground in the intersection of law and skiing. Above is a photo of the event/incident published by the Durango Herald. Four plaintiffs are suing organizers of a… Read More

Gwyneth Paltrow sued for colliding with another skier at Deer Valley

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that Paltrow and Deer Valley are being sued by a skier claiming to be injured after the actress allegedly collided with him on the slopes. Terry Sanderson alleges that Gwyneth Paltrow was skiing out of control and collided with him from above on February 26, 2016.  She was reportedly… Read More

Large Inbounds Avalanche Buries Multiple Skiers at Taos

News outlets are reporting that a large inbounds avalanche occurred at Taos Ski Valley on Thursday, January 17, 2019.  Reportedly there were two confirmed skier burials and it is unknown at this time of others were caught by the large slide.  Ski patrollers were reportedly able to rescue two skiers and evacuate them to medical… Read More

Resorts can be Responsible for Injuries Caused by Lift Operations

Unsafe lift operations can lead to serious injuries.  Chairlifts are complicated and powerful machines.  Skiers and snowboarders are no match for a heavy, fast moving chairlift.  Often the safety of skiers and snowboarders is dependent upon lift operators safely and attentively operating their lift. Lift attendants must be properly trained on lift operations.  This includes… Read More

Should Ski Resorts Investigate Injuries and Report Injury Statistics?

A lot of injuries occur at ski resorts across the country each winter.  However, the public, and even the resorts are largely unaware of exactly how many injuries occur and the nature and cause of those injuries. Should ski resorts be obligated to investigate and document injuries that occur on their slopes?  And should data… Read More