SB 771
Modifies the duties and liabilities of skiers and ski area operators
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Last Action:
2/9/2012 - Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2012

Current Bill Summary

SB 771 - This act specifies the duties and liabilities of ski area operators and skiers. Skiers assume the risk of and legal responsibility for injury, death, or loss to person or property that results from the activity of skiing. Ski area operators will not be liable to the users of freestyle terrain parks or tubing parks for collisions with other persons or the conditions of the park so long as the users are allowed to visually inspect the course prior to use and such an inspection would have revealed the dangerous condition.

The duty of ski area operators owed to skiers is not the same as the common law duty owed business invitees but that of an ordinarily prudent person in a similar circumstance. Ski area operators must mark certain areas and conditions of the ski slopes. They also must allow users of terrain parks and tube parks to visually inspect the course prior to use. Skiers have a duty to ski within their range of abilities, refrain from acting in a way that may cause injury to anyone, and assist when involved in a skiing accident.

This act is similar to HB 1806 (2012) and HB 1978 (2008).