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

Trail Tech Voyager Pro, Product Review

After about a month of use, I can confidently say that the Trail Tech Voyager Pro motorcycle GPS is an excellent product. I’ve had a love hate relationship GPS on my motorcycles for a long time.  In one hand, GPS can be incredibly helpful and even indispensable in the backcountry or on just about any… Read More

Litigation Continues Involving Avalanche Death of Vail Skier

Vail Daily News reported recently that the parents of deceased skier, Taft Conlin are appealing a defense verdict that followed a nine-day trial earlier this summer in Eagle County, Colorado.  Conlin died in an in-bounds avalanche while skiing at Vail in 2012.  He was 13 at the time of his death. Conlin’s parents brought suit… Read More

The Isle of Man TT: The Most Dangerous Race in World

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Isle of Man TT, an annual motorcycle super race that occurs for roughly two weeks in May/June. For many sportbike riders, the ultimate expression of their love for the sport can be found nowhere else but the Isle of Man TT. Often billed as, “the most dangerous… Read More