The Third Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendant, Oak Mountain Ski Center, was entitled to summary judgment based upon plaintiff’s (Schorpp’s) assumption of the risk. Plaintiff, who had decades of skiing experience, and who had skied at Oak Mountain weekly, flipped over when he struck a depression on a “black diamond” trail. It was the first time plaintiff used that particular trail:
Regarding downhill skiing, an individual “assumes the inherent risk of personal injury caused by ruts, bumps or variations in the conditions of the skiing terrain” … . The application of the assumption of risk doctrine must be measured “against the background of the skill and experience of the particular plaintiff” … .
We conclude that defendants satisfied their moving burden by demonstrating that Schorpp assumed the risk of injury associated with downhill skiing … . Although this was his first time on the particular black-diamond trail, Schorpp had “decades of skiing experience” and had skied at Oak Mountain on a weekly basis prior to his accident. Taking into account his experience and skill level, Schorpp was aware of the risk of injury that could be caused by the depression on the ski slope … . Schorpp v Oak Mtn., LLC, 2016 NY Slip Op 06932, 3rd Dept 10-20-16
NEGLIGENCE (EXPERIENCED SKIER ASSUMED THE RISK OF STRIKING A DEPRESSION IN THE SKI TRAIL)/ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK (EXPERIENCED SKIER ASSUMED THE RISK OF STRIKING A DEPRESSION IN THE SKI TRAIL)/SKIING (EXPERIENCED SKIER ASSUMED THE RISK OF STRIKING A DEPRESSION IN THE SKI TRAIL)