Thursday, September 27, 2012

Link: New York Times Weighs in the Arizona Snowbowl Dispute

On Wednesday, the New York Times ran a story entitled, "Resort’s Snow Won’t Be Pure This Year; It’ll Be Sewage." As you might have guessed from the title, the Times did not look kindly on the Snowbowl's decision to utilize treated wastewater in the snowmaking process and although the story fell in the paper's "U.S." section, it reads more like an editorial. Ski, Esq. is left to wonder whether the Times' would have preferred the resort used precious potable water, so scarce in the Western states, for snowmaking. One thing is for certain, water law is a topic that is likely to come to the fore with increasing frequency in the coming decades as Western states' population growth continues to tax already scarce resources.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ski, Esq. on Skiing Business: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring

Skiing Business has published an article penned by Ski, Esq. lead author David Cronheim and his fellow Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus associate Chris Elko on hiring practices in the ski industry. Be sure to check it out at:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Boyne Mountain Prevails in Another Personal Injury Lawsuit

First Tracks Online is reporting that a Michigan Appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a paralyzed skier's claim against Boyne Mountain.  The skier, Patrick Anderson, was badly injured while skiing of a terrain park jump at the resort.  Anderson claimed the jump was poorly constructed. Unfortunately for Anderson, Michigan's Ski Safety Act provided an insurmountable defense for Boyne.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Snowboarder Shaun White Arrested

White's mug shot
Media sources are reporting that snowboarder Shaun White was arrested on Sunday morning in Nashville. According to police, a visibly intoxicated White pulled a fire alarm at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at around 2 a.m. causing the entire hotel to be evacuated.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Aspen Settles Hot Dog Lawsuit

photo credit: Aspen Skiing Co.

The Aspen Daily News is reporting that Aspen Skiing Co. has settled a lawsuit with a man who claimed to be injured while boarding a chairlift because lift attendants were distracted by serving hot dogs to skiers.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Forest Service Approves Taos Expansion

photo credit: Taos Ski Valley

First Tracks Online is reporting that the US Forest Service has approved a major expansion at Taos Ski Valley. More on the expansion after the jump.