Michigan Skiing Law

Michigan Skiing Law

by / Friday, 14 March 2014 / Published in Goodwin & Scieszka, Personal Injury

Fresh powder! We’ve got serious snow! Is anybody else going to northern Michigan to ski or snowboard this weekend? If not, consider some “Pure Michigan” to get you through the rest of this never-ending winter.

Most people aren’t aware that there are laws on the books regulating Michigan skiing: seriously, the Ski Area Safety Act of 1962. The act establishes a duty to which all skiers must adhere. Take a look for yourself, especially if you’ve been convinced to get out of your house and hit the slopes.

408.342 Duties of skier in ski area; acceptance of dangers.
Sec. 22.

(1) While in a ski area, each skier shall do all of the following:

(a) Maintain reasonable control of his or her speed and course at all times.

(b) Stay clear of snow-grooming vehicles and equipment in the ski area.

(c) Heed all posted signs and warnings.

(d) Ski only in ski areas which are marked as open for skiing on the trail board described in section 6a(e).

(2) Each person who participates in the sport of skiing accepts the dangers that inhere in that sport insofar as the dangers are obvious and necessary. Those dangers include, but are not limited to, injuries which can result from variations in terrain; surface or subsurface snow or ice conditions; bare spots; rocks, trees, and other forms of natural growth or debris; collisions with ski lift towers and their components, with other skiers, or with properly marked or plainly visible snow-making or snow-grooming equipment.

Skiing is an inherently dangerous activity, and Goodwin & Scieszka would like to remind all skiers to not only keep their tips up, but to ride safely and in an unimpaired state of mind at all times.

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