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The rest of the story …

Craig SuwinskiKeystone

The Associated Press article that was reprinted in the January 25, 2006 SDN didn’t tell the whole story about Vail countersuing a skier that had been hurt on Vail’s Lionshead Bridge. Following is an excerpt from the Denver Post article on this lawsuit: “Parsons … (a Vail native) … contends that she severely cut her knee on a protruding metal bracket that may have been bent out of position by snow-grooming equipment and never repaired because the bridge was slated for replacement later that spring.”Photos taken in the weeks afterward show the bridge railings in what District Court Judge Tom Moorhead termed a ‘state of disrepair,’ with peeling paint, broken timbers and the metal bracket wrenched away from the wall …”The Colorado Skier Safety Act says ski areas aren’t responsible for an injury stemming from the “inherent dangers or risks of skiing.” That’s fair. But, is ski resort property in a “state of disrepair” an “inherent danger” of skiing? That is what Vail seems to be saying. Is Vail attempting to evade responsibility through the Skier Safety Act, or an all-purpose liability release in its season pass application (a liability release day skiers are not asked to sign, which means season passholders have a lower level of legal protection)?The question all snow riders should ask is: Will Vail be free to neglect their property, which could cause injury to skiers as is alleged in this case, because they can’t be sued? This is important to everyone – anyone could be hurt and have thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages, if injured because of poorly maintained ski area property.If you see something wrong with this, express your concerns now (while the Colorado Legislature is in session) to: • Gary Lindstrom, Colorado State Representative; phone (303) 866-2952; e-mail; and• Joan Fitz-Gerald, Colorado State Senator; phone (303) 866-4873; e-mail joan.fitzgerald.senate@state.

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