2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 33 - Parks and Wildlife
Recreational Areas and Ski Safety
Article 44 - Ski Safety and Liability
§ 33-44-106. Duties of operators - signs
(1) Each ski area operator shall maintain a sign system with concise, simple, and pertinent information for the protection and instruction of passengers. Signs shall be prominently placed on each passenger tramway readable in conditions of ordinary visibility and, where applicable, adequately lighted for nighttime passengers. Signs shall be posted as follows:
(a) At or near the loading point of each passenger tramway, regardless of the type, advising that any person not familiar with the operation of the device shall ask the operator of the device for assistance and instruction;
(b) At the interior of each two-car and multicar passenger tramway, showing:
(I) The maximum capacity in pounds of the car and the maximum number of passengers allowed;
(II) Instructions for procedures in emergencies;
(c) In a conspicuous place at each loading area of two-car and multicar passenger tramways, stating the maximum capacity in pounds of the car and the maximum number of passengers allowed;
(d) At all chair lifts, stating the following:
(I) "Prepare to Unload", which shall be located not less than fifty feet ahead of the unloading area;
(II) "Keep Ski Tips Up", which shall be located ahead of any point where the skis may come in contact with a platform or the snow surface;
(III) "Unload Here", which shall be located at the point designated for unloading;
(IV) "Safety Gate", which shall be located where applicable;
(V) "Remove Pole Straps from Wrists", which shall be located prominently at each loading area;
(VI) "Check for Loose Clothing and Equipment", which shall be located before the "Prepare to Unload" sign;
(e) At all J-bars, T-bars, platter pulls, rope tows, and any other surface lift, stating the following:
(I) "Remove Pole Straps from Wrists", which shall be placed at or near the loading area;
(II) "Stay in Tracks", "Unload Here", and "Safety Gate", which shall be located where applicable;
(III) "Prepare to Unload", which shall be located not less than fifty feet ahead of each unloading area;
(f) Near the boarding area of all J-bars, T-bars, platter pulls, rope tows, and any other surface lift, advising passengers to check to be certain that clothing, scarves, and hair will not become entangled with the lift;
(g) At or near the boarding area of all lifts, regarding the requirements of section 33-44-109 (6).
(2) Other signs not specified by subsection (1) of this section may be posted at the discretion of the ski area operator.
(3) The ski area operator, before opening the passenger tramway to the public each day, shall inspect such passenger tramway for the presence and visibility of the signs required by subsection (1) of this section.
(4) The extent of the responsibility of the ski area operator under this section shall be to post and maintain such signs as are required by subsection (1) of this section in such condition that they may be viewed during conditions of ordinary visibility. Evidence that signs required by subsection (1) of this section were present, visible, and readable where required at the beginning of the passenger tramway operation on any given day raises a presumption that all passengers using said devices have seen and understood said signs.
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