Recent court ruling increases risks for skiers in Colorado, attorneys say

A late 2020 ruling from Colorado Court of Appeals on the powers of lift-ticket and season-pass waivers has some Colorado attorneys raising an alarm to skiers.

The court decision in the Charlotte Redden v. Clear Creek Skiing Corporation case, by a 2-1 vote in favor of Clear Creek Skiing, provides ski resorts with near-blanket immunity when skiers and snowboarders sign waivers on annual pass or day tickets, according to some local attorneys.

The attorneys said they now must prove gross negligence to win lawsuits against resorts.

“There’s no incentive for ski areas to function safely if there’s no civil liability that attaches to wrongdoing,” attorney Jim Chalat said.

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