Idaho House backs new legal shield for ski areas

 Thursday, February 27, 2014

 Idaho Press-Tribune

House members voted 61-8 to give ski areas renewed protections from lawsuits that arise when their customers are hurt in terrain parks. Tuesday’s vote moves the measure to the Senate. The Idaho Ski Areas Association fears liability arising from skiers and snowboarders using, among other things, man-made rails, jumps and hits on their mountains that have become popular in recent years.Rep. Luke Malek of Coeur d’Alene, the bill’s Republican sponsor, said those using ski areas — and riding terrain-park features — need to accept the inherent risk that accompanies their activities.
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