A ski gondola is often an essential part of the ski experience and is designed to bring skiers to and from the mountains. However, when these lifts malfunction, skiers can become stuck in the lift when trying to exit or fall to the ground several feet below and end up with serious injuries and significant medical expenses.

Don’t pay for an accident that’s not your fault. The ski gondola injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have experience representing victims receive the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with experienced ski lift injury lawyers.


A ski gondola, or ski lift, usually consists of some type of metal car or seating that is attached to a suspended cable. This cable runs on a continuous loop between the ski terminals, where skiers can get on or off. Ski gondola injuries can occur for many reasons, but some of the most common causes include:

  • Falls off of the side of the lift
  • Collisions with parts of the lift tower or other structures
  • Ski lift detaching from the suspension cable
  • Sudden stops or jerks of the lift
  • Operator failure to stop the lift in time
  • Frayed suspension cables
  • Mechanical or electrical problems
  • Trapped ski accessories or clothing that make it difficult to exit the lift


Many serious injuries can occur from a ski gondola accident. For example, when a ski lift malfunctioned in 2017, five chairs ran into each other and injured several riders who were crushed in between the chairs. In a more serious case, a mother skiing with her daughters was ejected from the lift, fell 25 feet, and died after an electrical error caused the chair lift to malfunction. While death is less common, some of the most common types of ski gondola injuries include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, falling off a ski lift may result in a brain injury that can last a few days or the rest of the victim’s life.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A damaged or broken spine can have severe effects, including lifelong paralysis and the use of a wheelchair. The continued expense of specialists, loss of income, and pain and suffering that goes along with a spinal cord injury can be lifelong.

Chest Injuries

When ski gondola injuries involve falling from a great height, the likelihood of breaking a rib, puncturing a lung, or sustaining other chest injuries increases. These injuries can require extensive surgery and recovery time.

Broken Bones

Broken arms, legs, and other bones may occur after a ski gondola malfunction. The medical expenses and time taken off of work because of broken bones may be recoverable.


When skiers are stranded while suspended on the lift or injured skiers are unable to move and left in the snow, they may quickly lose body heat and hypothermia may occur.


Seek Medical Attention

The most important thing to do after sustaining an injury is to promptly seek medical attention, particularly if the injury is serious. Even if the injury does not seem serious at first, it may still be a good idea to seek medical attention. Many times, an injury may manifest or appear as a minor injury. However, if the injury is not properly treated by a medical professional within a reasonable time, the injury can worsen.

Document the Accident

One of the most important steps is to document the accident.  This means keeping and maintaining an organized file that contains important pieces of information relating to the accident and injury.  For instance, you should consider keeping a folder containing documents such as:

  • Photos of your injuries
  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractor bills
  • Documented time taken off from work due to any injuries

Keeping track of this information is critical because it may be helpful when it comes time to establish the extent of your injuries. Documenting the accident and injuries may also make it easier to remember important dates, such as when the accident occurred.

Contact a Lawyer

After a serious injury, it may be overwhelming to figure out the next steps. Ski resorts and operators may be quick to try and shift the blame and defend themselves from liability.

At Zinda Law Group, our experienced ski gondola injury attorneys may be able to help investigate the accident, track down witnesses, file a claim, negotiate a settlement, or go to trial if necessary. We recognize that the potential ongoing medical treatment, loss of income, and pain and suffering all create a serious financial burden and want to help you receive the money needed to compensate you for your loss.


Who May Be Held Liable for a Ski Gondola Injury?

In general, a serious injury or wrongful death ski gondola accident on a ski resort’s property deals with premises liability law. The term “premise liability” refers to certain duties that landowners need to follow to maintain their property and keep it safe for visitors. These laws will differ depending on your state, but they are usually based on the relationship between the property owner and the visitor. The property owner owes the highest duty to guests invited onto the property for a business purpose.

Each state has its own laws that govern liability for ski lift accidents and injuries. In some states, like Colorado, skiers are less protected by the law because skiing is seen as an inherently dangerous activity and skiers are viewed as having assumed the risks of any injuries. Despite these laws, lawsuits have still been successful in cases with serious injuries. Some of the parties that may be held responsible may include:

Ski resorts

Under most premises liability laws, ski resort owners need to keep their property, including the ski lift area, reasonably safe and notify visitors of any dangerous conditions. In the ski gondola and surrounding area, this could include ensuring that broken equipment is fixed or removed, posting proper signage and safety warnings, and inspecting the ski gondolas to check that they are safe and in working order. Ski resorts may also have additional safety requirements depending on state law.

If a ski resort discovers any unsafe conditions, then the business either needs to repair them or put up a warning sign altering guests to the potential danger. Ski resorts that fail to repair broken ski lifts and equipment could be held liable for a skier’s injuries that result from these conditions.

Ski lift operators

When a ski lift operator is negligent, unskilled, or distracted, they may fail to operate the ski lift safely or fail to stop the lift when an issue is spotted that needs to be addressed for the safe functioning of the lift. Because the operator has total control of the lift and its operations, skiers may feel especially helpless to avoid accidents and injuries that occur on a lift. A ski lift operator’s error can result in serious injuries for skiers.


When a ski gondola and its surrounding equipment is defectively manufactured, the chances that a skier will be injured increase. A defective product may include faulty safety mechanisms, incorrectly manufactured cables, and many other items that may cause serious injuries.

What Compensation Can I Seek After a Ski Gondola Injury?

After a ski lift injury, you may be able to seek compensation from the business as part of a wrongful death claim. An experienced ski gondola injury lawyer may be able to seek compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of expected income
  • Rehabilitation Expenses

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

If you were injured in a ski accident and want to file a lawsuit against the other party, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. In Colorado, the statute of limitations to file a ski injury lawsuit is two years. It is best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to help you navigate the filing timeline and help you receive the compensation you deserve.


At Zinda Law Group, our Denver attorneys have helped many victims get the compensation they deserved after suffering from an injury. We fight for our clients’ right to compensation for hospital bills, pain and suffering, and much more.

We believe an accident victim should never have to worry about being able to afford legal representation, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis. We offer free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case.

If you have been injured in a ski lift accident call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced ski gondola injury attorneys.

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