|CRESTED BUTTE MOUNTAIN RESORT, INC.,||
(D.C. No. 94-M-2958)
What standard of care governs the duty owed by ski lift operators in Colorado to users of those lifts in the winter season? Separately, and more particularly, does the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Act and/or the Colorado Ski Safety and Liability Act preempt or otherwise supersede the pre-existing Colorado common law standard of care governing the duty owed by ski lift operators to users of those lifts in the winter season?
The Colorado Supreme Court has now answered the certified question, holding that "[a] ski lift operator must exercise the highest degree of care commensurate with the lift's practical operation, regardless of the season." Bayer v. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc., No. 97SA145, 1998 WL 251485 at *1 (Colo. May 18, 1998), modified on denial of rehearing, June 22, 1998. The Colorado Supreme Court has denied the petition for rehearing in the case. Accordingly, the decision of the federal district court is vacated and the case is remanded to the district court for further consideration in light of the Colorado Supreme Court's "Certified Questions Answered," a copy of which is attached to this order and transmitted with this order to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
ENTERED FOR THE COURT
Stephen H. Anderson
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