Ski and Snowboard Accident Attorneys

Colorado is home to some of the best skiing in the world, making the state a popular winter destination for tourists. As a skier or snowboarder, collisions on the mountain present serious risks for serious injuries in Colorado. Often times skiers and snowboarders who lose control or who are not paying enough attention to avoid hitting others can cause dangerous collisions, causing broken bones, herniated discs, concussions and other traumatic injuries that can require immediate and long-term medical care.

If you were involved in a skiing accident, the first thing to do is to report your injury to the ski resort and make sure everything is documented. You should ensure you have all of the correct contact information of all parties involved, including written reports. It is important to get as much information about the accident as you possibly can. If you experienced injuries during your ski accident, it is important to get examined by a medical provider right away.

Common Types of Ski Accidents in Colorado:

  • Faulty equipment: Skiing and snowboarding gear is expensive, and many people who are visiting rent the equipment they need from the ski resort. If the equipment you are using doesn’t properly function, your safety could be in danger. Often times, boot straps or bindings that skiers and snowboarders rely on to stay connected to their skis and boards fail, and cause people to fall.
  • Ski lift accidents: Improper maintenance and negligent of a ski lift is the main cause of ski life accidents. A ski lift operator is responsible for abiding by weight limits and ensuring a proper speed which allows passengers to get on and off safely.
  • Collisions: Three common collisions that occur on Colorado ski slopes are: a collision with a moving object, a collision with a stationary object or a collision with another skier. Each of these collision types is capable of resulting in serious injury or even death.

Who is Liable?

Skiers and snowboarders are required to exercise “reasonable care” on the slopes. Colorado law presumes that uphill skier or snowboarders are at fault in the event of a collision. However, if another skier or snowboarder is behaving recklessly and causes you personal injury, they can be held accountable for their actions.

Under the Skier Safety Act, Colorado Revised Statutes § 33-44-101 to -114, a skier or snowboarder assumes the risk of injury or property damage resulting from the inherent dangers of the sport, including weather conditions, trees, stumps, rocks, bare spots, collisions with natural objects, failure to ski within their abilities. Additionally, someone signed a waiver when buying a lift ticket; they likely waived their ability to sue a ski company.

However, you may be able to still recover from any skier or snowboarder who collided into you. Skiers and snowboarders are required to exercise “reasonable care” on the slopes. Colorado law presumes that uphill skier or snowboarders are at fault in the event of a collision. However, if another skier or snowboarder is behaving recklessly and causes you personal injury, they can be held accountable for their actions.

The Ski Safety Act of 1979 

Under Colorado law, a skier or snowboarder assumes the risk of injury or property damage resulting from the inherent dangers of the sport, including weather conditions, trees, stumps, rocks, bare spots, collisions with natural objects, failure to ski within their own abilities and more. Many people incorrectly assume that they cannot pursue compensation for their injuries. Skiing and snowboarding accident cases are complex, and your unique situation deserves a close inspection by a qualified Colorado ski accident attorney.