Are Skiing Injuries in Utah Hard to Pursue?

First tracks at Brighton Ski Resort.

“Skiers are known to say that ‘if you’re not falling, you’re not learning.’”

Donovan v. Sutton, 2019 UT App 161

Short answer: it depends. The Utah Court of Appeals recently affirmed dismissal of a skier’s injury claims because Utah’s laws recognize that skiing is an inherently dangerous and unpredictable activity and the injured skier failed to show the skier causing the accident was negligent. Let’s dig in and see what is so tricky about pursuing a skiing claim in Utah. (By the way, “skiing” in this context in Utah means any way of sliding down the hill including snowboarding, snow-biking, or any other ski-resort sanctioned way of getting down the mountain).

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