Customized, specialty liability insurance for winter operations. Coverages can include commercial liability, equipment rental, errors & omissions, excess medical, general liability, premises liability, professional liability, property coverage, alleged sexual abuse & molestation liability, special events liability, wrongful acts, and more!
Possibly. Maintaining the proper types and amount of insurance is critical for protection against a potential liability lawsuit. However, smaller organizations often fail to analyze the terms and conditions of their insurance coverage and policy limits. It is imperative that all outdoor/adventure organizations meet with an experienced commercial insurance agent to verify that the organization has the correct type and amount of insurance coverage.
It depends. In the absence of proper drafting, some waivers that have included a broadly written statement waiving liability by the participant (such as to hold a company harmless from any and all liability) have been deemed invalid by courts in many jurisdictions. In fact, many states have passed liability statutes and regulations that address restrictions of liability within specific adventure/outdoor activities.
A lawsuit may be based on negligence if the injury was due to (1) a collision with another skier/snowboarder who was behaving carelessly or recklessly, (2) the mountain terrain was poorly maintained, marked, or designed, or (3) the instructor led someone to terrain that was beyond his or her capacity level.
(1) Collisions with other skiers or snowboarders (2) falls/collisions with objects such as trees, fences, barriers, or signs (3) chair lift accidents (4) accidents due to inadequate instruction from an instructor (5) accidents due to skiing/snowboarding equipment failure
Skiers injure themselves mainly on the slopes (72%), to a lesser extent terrain parks (19%), whilst on a ski lift (6%), and backcountry skiing (3%). Snowboarders had a similar spread but with a higher incidence of terrain park injuries (25%), and less whilst on ski lifts (3%). Source