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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Extreme Skiing and Assumption of Risk: The increase in extreme and out-of-bounds skiing has prompted a group of Colorado resorts to ask the state legislature for a bill limiting their legal liability.

    The bill would include "cliffs and extremely steep slopes" in the list of the inherent risks of the sport, letting resorts off the hook for injuries people suffer while skiing them. The list already includes everything from trees and rocks to hydrants and lift towers. It would also protect resorts from being sued for injuries suffered on equipment in freestyle terrain parks such as rails, half-pipes, quarter-pipes and fun boxes - which didn't exist when the ski safety act was first passed in 1979.


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