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W.V. Man Sues Snowshoe

W.V. Man Sues Snowshoe

[ Tue, 2009-09-15 11:08 ]
Snowshoe Mountain, Do Not Ski or Ride Beyond Your Ability!
Claims resort encouraged him to hurt himself

Oh dear. We're not sure how we missed this, but last week a man filed suit against little Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia, claiming "severe physical injuries and emotional distress" after skiing the resort's Western Territories slope.

Now, correct us if we're wrong, but we're pretty sure that when you buy a lift ticket, you release the resort from any liability. We've also seen the Snowshoe trail map, which, like most resorts, has "DO NOT SKI OR RIDE BEYOND YOUR ABILITY!" in big, easy-to-read letters across the bottom. And just so we're clear, Snowshoe also bills Western Territories as a serious slope—well, as serious as you can get in West Virginia, anyway—full of "steep, rough, and rugged terrain," "where adrenaline junkies go to get their fix."

According to the local paper, Glen Addis is suing Snowshoe and its parent company, Intrawest, for injuries resulting from Snowshoe staff failing to "maintain the ski area in a reasonably safe condition" and "post warnings of or insert barriers to conditions they created or had the ability to avoid and/or eliminate." The paper goes on to say Addis is claiming "he incurred, among other things, loss of enjoyment of life, and...humiliation and embarrassment." We're not sure about the first one—for us, "enjoyment of life" includes yard-saling in full view of the main chair. As for the humiliation and embarrassment, well—we're with you there, Glen.