Colorado Supreme Court: Ski Resorts Aren’t Liable For Avalanches

May 31, 2016
Photo: Snowboarder at Winter Park (AP Photo)
A snowboarder, silhouetted by the setting sun, kicks up a wake of snowy mist, at Winter Park alpine resort, in Colorado, in December 2012. 

Siding with the ski industry, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled 5-2 on Tuesday that avalanches are among the "inherent dangers of skiing" covered by a law that limits lawsuits against the industry.

The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by the widow of Christopher Norris, who was killed in 2012 after being caught in a slide on a designated run in the Winter Park ski resort. She says it should have been closed because of the high avalanche danger.

The Colorado Ski Safety Act doesn't specifically mention avalanches as one of skiing's dangers but the court pointed out that it does limit resorts' liability for snow conditions.