Originally Posted by anachronism
I think it depends on the circumstance. Police will press charges against people for skiing recklessly and hitting other people. People have won lawsuits against reckless skiers. In fact, people have won lawsuits when they were hit by somebody's KID on a ski slope.
If you are at fault and hit somebody with a car, its a given that you can expect to have to pay any monetary damages and injuries, and can expect to get a ticket or more from the police. People should have the EXACT SAME expectations that these things will happen when they hit somebody on a ski slope.
Of course, you can hold someone liable civilly. You can sue anyone for just about anything, and there are plenty of lawsuits over skiing mishaps.
What I said was that it wasn't a crime...unless you all but do it on purpose.
To the best of my knowledge, wherever the Skier's Responsibility Code has been incorporated into the law, it's a Civil Statute, which is rarely enforceable by Police.
Unlike most of us on the good 'ol Interweb, however, I don't know everything, so there could be a criminal statute regarding reckless skiing somewhere that I'm overlooking.
I'm aware of countless cases of people suing one another over skiing accidents, but I'm just not aware of a case where the Police criminally sanctioned someone with a citation or arrest.
The OP asked, and I agree he's right to be angry, and I would suggest not skiing around the girl's father again. Based on his description of events, though, likening it to a true Assault does strike me as a bit much. Most criminal Assault offenses I'm aware of require some level of intent, for one thing.
To the OP, I agree with those above that if you had headaches for "days," you DO need to get checked out by a Dr., tho...