Originally Posted by segbrown
Who even thinks ski accidents are analogous to traffic accidents in the first place? It does not compute.
Well, for one, I do, and the State of Colorado does. If you hit and injure somebody on the (Colorado) ski slope, where the other person had the right of way, you can absolutely draw criminal charges AND get slapped with a lawsuit. In that sense, its really not any different than hitting them with a car. Furthermore, there have been cases where minor children have hit and injured people on a Colorado slope, and their parents have been found liable for damages.
The Colorado Ski Safety act absolves the ski area of liability under many/most situations, but there is nothing in the law releasing individuals from liability. Just like in the case of traffic accidents- you can't sue the government/entity that built the road just because somebody happened to hit you on it, but the person that hit you bears the responsibility.
"Inherently dangerous" does not mean that the individual, creating danger through their own reckless actions, is off the hook.
I think if more people understood this, they would approach their day on the slope differently, and perhaps would think twice about their choices to ski out of control on crowded slopes.