You Decide: Which skier was responsible for the collision?

Videos of actual skier collisions

Apply the rules (stated above) to these facts. Who do you think was mostly at fault?

Ski Collision

Who was at fault?

Discussion: Was the downhill skier keeping a proper lookout? It appears that the uphill skier failed to see and avoid colliding with a stopped or slowing downhill skier who was plainly visible from above. On the other hand, was the down hill skier obstructing the trail?

Ski accident – Collision with another skier

Who was at fault?

Discussion: It appears that the uphill skier failed to see and avoid colliding with a stopped or slowing downhill skier who was plainly visible from above.

Tourist Gets Taken Out By Skier–Collision

Who was at fault?

Discussion: An uphill skier struck a downhill skier. However, it appears that the collision occurred in a “terrain park” setting, or at least in an area where jump ramps (and the landing zones below) were part of the terrain. Thus, the uphill skier will argue that it was foreseeable that uphill skiers would be landing in the “landing zone” in which the collision occurred. The issue of contributory negligence would be decided by the jury.

Snowboard crash – snowboard vs ski collision

Who was at fault?

Discussion: the uphill skier struck the downhill skier. On the other hand, the downhill skier, immediately before the collision, had done a near 180 turn and nearly stopped, facing and apparently moving uphill. A jury would decide which of the two skiers was more at fault.’