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What Makes Ski Lift Accidents So Dangerous?

What Makes Ski Lift Accidents So Dangerous?
Klein Frank, P.C.

Hitting the slopes usually means taking a ski lift to the top of the mountain. The National Ski Areas Association estimates that about 3,500 chairlifts across the country make more than 300 million lift rides each year.

Whether you’re an avid skier or trying out the sport for the first time, it’s important to remember that falls from ski lifts are also a common cause of ski accidents and injuries on the slopes.

Injuries Sustained on Ski Lifts

Ultimately, the nature of ski lifts means that these devices can cause severe injuries. Many ski lifts are at least a few dozen feet off the ground. Falling from such heights can lead to devastating injuries on impact, including:

  • Sprains and broken bones

  • Nerve damage

  • Head injuries

  • Brain injuries

  • Back and spinal cord injuries

A majority of ski lift accidents actually occur while passengers are getting on or off the lift. However, skiers can still sustain injuries from falling even a few feet to the ground.

Liability in Ski Lift Accidents

It is ultimately the responsibility of the ski lift operator and its employees to make sure that people are safe while getting on, getting off, or riding the ski lift. They must do everything they can do enforce the rules of the ski lift, such as:

  • Weight limits

  • Height requirements

  • Maximum person limits

  • Safe riding practices

  • Rules for minors and children riding alone

If the resort fails to do this, it could mean that they acted recklessly and are legally responsible for injuries.

Contact a Ski Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured on the slopes, our attorneys are here to protect your rights. At Klein Frank, we are committed to the clients that we represent. We will utilize all of our resources to come up with a personalized and strategic plan for you and fight hard for your full financial recovery.


Contact Klein Frank at (303) 622-3876 to schedule your free case evaluation.

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