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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 5. Amusements and Sports
- Chapter 45. Ski Liability, Safety, and Responsibility
- Section 100. Duties and Responsibilities of Skiers.
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AS 05.45.100. Duties and Responsibilities of Skiers.
- (a) A skier is responsible for knowing the range of the skier's own ability to negotiate a ski slope or trail and to ski
within the limits of the skier's ability. A skier is responsible for an injury to a person or property resulting from
an inherent danger and risk of skiing, except that a skier is not precluded under this chapter from suing another skier
for an injury to person or property resulting from the other skier's acts or omissions. Notwithstanding any other
provision of law, the risk of a skier's collision with another skier is not an inherent danger or risk of skiing in an
action by one skier against another.
- (b) A skier has the duty to maintain control of the skier's speed and course at all times when skiing and to maintain a
proper lookout so as to be able to avoid other skiers and objects. However, a person skiing downhill has the primary
duty to avoid collision with a person or object below the skier.
- (c) A skier may not
- (1) ski on a ski slope or trail that has been posted as "closed" under AS 05.45.060
(b)(5) and (d);
- (2) use a ski unless the ski is equipped with a strap or other device capable of stopping the ski should the ski become
unattached from the skier;
- (3) cross the uphill track of a J-bar, T-bar, platter pull, or rope tow except at locations designated by the operator, or
place an object in an uphill track;
- (4) move uphill on a tramway or use a ski slope or trail while the skier's ability is impaired by the influence of alcohol
or a controlled substance as defined in AS 11.71.900
or other drug;
- (5) knowingly enter upon public or private land from an adjoining ski area when the land has been closed by an owner and
is posted by the owner or by the ski area operator under AS 05.45.060
- (d) A skier shall stay clear of snow grooming equipment, vehicles, lift towers, signs, and other equipment on the ski
slopes and trails.
- (e) A skier has the duty to heed all posted information and other warnings and to refrain from acting in a manner that may
cause or contribute to the injury of the skier or others. Evidence that the signs required by AS 05.45.050
and 05.45.060 were present, visible, and readable at
the beginning of a given day creates a presumption that all skiers using the ski area on that day have seen and
understood the signs.
- (f) Before beginning to ski from a stationary position or before entering a ski slope or trail from the side, a skier has
the duty to avoid moving skiers already on the ski slope or trail.
- (g) Except for the purpose of securing aid for a person injured in the collision, a skier involved in a collision with
another skier or person that results in an injury may not leave the vicinity of the collision before giving the skier's
name and current address to the other person involved in the collision and to an employee of the ski area operator or a
member of the voluntary ski patrol. A person who leaves the scene of a collision to obtain aid shall give the person's
name and current address as required by this subsection after obtaining aid.
- (h) A person who violates a provision of (c) or (g) of this section is guilty of a violation as defined in AS 11.81.900
. The commissioner of natural resources, a person designated by the ski area operator who is authorized by the
commissioner, or an employee of the Department of Natural Resources authorized by the commissioner may issue a citation
in accordance with the provisions of AS 41.21.960
to a person who violates (c) or (g) of this section within a ski area.
- (i) The supreme court shall establish by rule or order a schedule of bail amounts that may be forfeited without a court
appearance for a violation of (c) or (g) of this section.
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