Inherent Rizks of Skiing in Oregon

Any person who skis in Oregon, whether they know it or not, “accepts and assumes the inherent risks of skiing insofar as they are reasonably obvious, expected or necessary.” ORS 30.975. An activity is inherently risky if participants know or should know that there is a risk of harm while engaged in the activity. Oregon statutes contain a non-exhaustive list of what they call the “inherent risks of skiing”:

  • weather conditions,
  • variations or steepness in terrain,
  • snow or ice conditions,
  • surface or subsurface conditions,
  • bare spots,
  • creeks and gullies,
  • forest growth,
  • rocks, stumps,
  • lift towers and other structures and their components,
  • collisions with other skiers and a skier’s failure to ski within the skier’s own ability.

o   ORS 30.970(1).

Even though that list seems inhibitive, the law does provide avenues for injured skiers to recover damages from fellow skiers, from ski area operators, and from suppliers of defective products.

Protect Yourself in the Event of a Oregon Skiing Accident

While inherent risks are listed in Oregon’s laws, it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings. If you are harmed because of any of the aforementioned natural hazards, it is then your responsibility. There are ways you can protect yourself from these hazards. To ensure that you’re protected you can:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear multiple layers
  • Ensure that your visor or glasses allows a good amount of vision
  • Try not to ski in dangerous terrain
  • Get information about any hazards that may be on the ski trail before setting off

By incorporating these tips into your skiing routine, the inherent risks because much less risky.

If you have been hurt while skiing in Oregon, call (503) 245-5677 to talk to Richard Rizk, Attorney at Law today for a free consultation.

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