Michigan has forty-nine ski areas, which is the second most in the United States. There are 308 active ski lifts inspected annually to State and National standards, both before and during operation. Popular destinations include Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Nubs Nob, Crystal Mountain, Tree Tops Resort, Black Jack Ski Resort, Mt. Brighton, Mt. Holly, and many others.
Michigan Law requires that mechanical failures in accidents involving ski lifts be reported. State Laws vary greatly regarding the level of care owed by ski-area operators to members of the public. Most States, including Michigan, have specific statutes designed to protect ski-area operators. Michigan statute is one of the nation’s oldest. The Michigan Ski Area Saft Act, also known as MCL 408.326 (a),establishes “the duties of ski-area operators” as it relates to ski injuries in Michigan.
A ski-area operator shall do the following, including, but not limited to, equipping snow-grooming vehicles and other authorized vehicles with flashing or rotating yellow lights; mark with a visible sign or warning device the location of any hydrant or similar fixture; mark the top or entrance to each ski run indicating the relative degree of difficulty; mark each ski run, which is closed, with an appropriate symbol indicating that the run, slope or trail is closed; maintain one or more trail boards at prominent locations in each ski area displaying the areas network of ski runs and relative degree of difficulty of each run; place signs on runs open to the public indicating that snow-grooming or snow making operations are being performed on that ski run, which are conspicuous at or near the top of or entrance to the run; post the duties of skiers and passengers prescribed by Michigan Law; and maintain the legibility of all required signs, symbols and posted notices.
MCL 408.341 regulates the “conduct of skier; prohibited acts.” The Statute says that a skier shall conduct himself or herself within the limits of his or her individual ability and may be liable for negligent acts on the ski slopes or chairlifts. The law does recognize that there are inherent risks in snow skiing and snow boarding and therefore an injured skier assumes the risks of injury on the slopes and can only file a lawsuit if another skier acted negligently and caused serious injuries.
The Michigan Ski Area Safety Act bars many claims for Michigan ski injuries and snowboarding accidents. It is important to contact a Michigan ski injury lawyer as soon as possible to investigate your case to determine whether you have a valid claim for your injuries.
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