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Legal Enforceability of Release Forms

Injured skier sues resort.

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A federal appeals court ruled that a release form signed by a skier barred him from suing a ski resort for injuries he sustained while skiing. An adult male (the "plaintiff") and two friends drove to a ski resort and purchased tickets. They were required to sign a release form, which stated in part:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING. THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND WAIVER OF CERTAIN LEGAL RIGHTS.

I understand that skiing in its various forms, including snowboarding, involves risks, dangers and hazards that may cause serious personal injury or death and that injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence. Risks include, but are not limited to, changes in terrain, weather and snow surfaces, ice, moguls, bare spots, debris, fences, posts, trees, lift equipment and towers, rope tows, light poles, signs, buildings, roads and walkways, ramps, half-pipes, padded and non-padded barriers, jumps ...

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  • July 1, 2010

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