Skiing Accidents Do Happen

Author: Marcus Downie
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I am a keen skier if not the best. There are spectacular ski resorts in Europe ranging from the French resort La Plagne- Tarentaise, to St Anton am Arlberg in Austria and Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. I along with thousands of other holidaymakers from the UK hope to be jetting off this winter for a skiing holiday.

Most holidays will be enjoyed without any problems but skiing is considered a high-risk adventure sport and injuries can occur. Sometimes these are purely accidental but in certain cases an accident may have been preventable and depending on the circumstances a claim for compensation against another skier, a tour operator or a piste authority or perhaps against a manufacturer for the production of faulty ski equipment could be valid.

If you are involved in an accident as a result of a collision with another skier you may have a claim if you are able to establish liability on their part if they breached the International Federation of Ski Code of Conduct which has ten basic rules for those using slopes in Europe.

  • Respect for others
  • Control of speed when skiing or snowboarding
  • Choice of route
  • Overtaking
  • Entering, starting and moving upwards
  • Stopping
  • Climbing and descending on foot
  • Respect for signs and markings
  • Assistance

If you are a beginner skier or snowboarder it may be possible to pursue a claim against the ski instructor or tour operator if they have failed in their duty to ensure you are properly instructed, to supervise you and to make sure you don’t take risks that are beyond your capabilities.

If you have a skiing accident that was not your fault it is important to gather evidence right away.  Mitchells Roberton are able to help you seek compensation for injuries, loss of earnings, care and assistance and damaged equipment. Contact Marcus Downie on 0141 552 3422 or by email

So far I am pleased to say I have remained unscathed so I hope I am not tempting fate writing this!

About Marcus Downie

Marcus was born and raised in Glasgow but left the West of Scotland to study Law at the University of Dundee, graduating with honours in June 2015. He then returned West to study his Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University which he completed in May 2016. In the summer of 2013 Marcus began working at Mitchells Roberton, initially to assist with the administrative burden of the merger with Donaldson Alexander Russell and Haddow. Marcus was asked to return the following summers to assist with legal work in various different departments before commencing his traineeship in September 2016. Marcus took a particular interest in property and planning law in the course of his studies and is putting this to use working in the conveyancing department, both on residential and commercial transactions. Marcus is an avid sports fan and in his spare time enjoys playing football, squash and tennis. He is also a keen cyclist, having embarked on a number of long distance tours on the continent. Email:

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