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Clover v. Snowbird Ski Resort
Citation:808 P.2d 1037 (Utah 1991)
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A cook named Chris Zulliger was employed by the defendant at the resort. One day, Zulliger was skiing down the slope. Zulliger decided to take a jump off a crest on the side of an intermediate run. A skier moving quickly would be able to become airborne at this point because of the steep drop off on the downhill side of the crest. Due to the drop off, it was impossible for skiers above the crest to see skiers below the crest. The jump was well known to the defendant. In fact, the defendant’s ski patrol often instructed people not to jump off the crest. There was also a sign instructing skiers to ski slowly at this point down the slope. However, Zulliger ignored the sign and skied over the crest at a significant speed. In doing so, Zulligar collided with the plaintiff, who was hit in the head and severely injured.
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