UNITED STATES COLLEGIATE SKI AND SNOWBOARD ASSOCIATION
2014-2015 Competition Season
ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY - READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING
I understand that skiing and snowboarding in their various forms, as well as preparation for participation in, coaching, volunteering, officiating and related activities in alpine, nordic, freestyle, disabled, and snowboarding competitions and clinics (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Activities"), involve many RISKS, DANGERS and HAZARDS. These risks, dangers and hazards include, but are not limited to, changing weather and snow conditions, variations in steepness or terrain, natural and man-made obstacles and structures, equipment failure, performance of or absence of safety equipment (fencing, netting, Willi bags, etc.), collisions with objects or structures, being struck by skiers/riders or equipment or subject to the inadvertence of race officials, and exceeding one's own abilities. I further understand that ski and snowboard training and competition may be more hazardous than recreational skiing and snowboarding. I understand that INJURIES OF ALL TYPES ARE A COMMON AND ORDINARY OCCURRENCE of the Activities. I know that the risk of SEVERE INJURY and even DEATH exists in all training and competition locations and activities, including free skiing and riding. I also know that personal training, coaching, instruction, supervision and enforcement of rules by the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, attorneys, event coordinators, volunteers, employees, coaches, contractors and representatives, local ski clubs, competition and or event organizers, and sponsors, and ski and snowboard facility operators (hereinafter the term "USCSA" shall be used to refer to all such persons and entities collectively) do not and cannot guarantee my safety.
With full knowledge and understanding of the RISK OF SEVERE INJURY AND DEATH involved in ski and snowboard training and competition, I FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY ACCEPT AND FULLY ASSUME THE RISK THAT I MAY SUFFER TEMPORARY, PERMANENT OR EVEN FATAL INJURIES, even if I follow the instructions or advice of USCSA.
In consideration of USCSA's acceptance of my membership application, and in spite of the risk of severe or permanent injury, or even death, the undersigned (hereinafter "Member") agrees to comply with and be bound by the following terms at all times, whether training or practicing for competition, or in competition.
1. Member hereby unconditionally WAIVES AND RELEASES ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, AND AGREES TO HOLD HARMLESS, DEFEND AND INDEMNIFY USCSA FROM ANY CLAIMS, present or future, to Member or his/her property, or to any other person or property, for any loss, damage, expense, or injury (including DEATH), suffered by any person from or in connection with Member's participation in any Activities in which USCSA is involved in any way, due to any cause or omission whatsoever, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE and/or breach of express or implied warranty or express or implied contract on the part of USCSA.
2. Member hereby RELIEVES USCSA OF ANY DUTY TO PROTECT MEMBER FROM HARM in connection with any Activities in which USCSA is involved in any way.
3. Member authorizes USCSA to obtain medical care for, or transport him/her to a medical facility or hospital if, in the opinion of USCSA, medical attention is required and Member is unable to make such decisions for himself/herself. Member agrees to pay all costs associated with such medical care and related transportation and shall DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS USCSA of and from the consequences of such decision and from any such costs incurred relating to the provision of medical care. Member also authorizes disclosure of protected medical information necessary to provide, coordinate or manage member's healthcare consistent with the dictates of HIPAA and to the extent that such use or disclosure is required by law.
4. Member agrees never to utilize any run, course or facility for any training, practice or competition without first conducting his/her own thorough visual inspection of the run, course or facility.
5. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with, and governed by the substantive laws of the State of Colorado, without reference to principles governing choice or conflicts of laws. In addition, Member agrees that all lawsuits for personal injury or related loss against USCSA must be maintained in state courts sitting in Hampden County, Massachusetts or federal district courts sitting in the District of Massachusetts, Springfield Division, and Member consents and agrees that jurisdiction and venue for such proceedings shall lie exclusively with such courts. In the event any portion of this release is found to be unenforceable, the remaining terms shall be fully enforceable.
HAVING CAREFULLY READ THE FOREGOING AND UNDERSTANDING IT TO BE A LEGALLY BINDING RELEASE AND INDEMNITY
AGREEMENT MEMBER SIGNIFIES HIS ASSENT TO THE ABOVE TERMS BY SIGNING BELOW: MEMBER (if 18 or over)
Signature:___________________________________________ Date of Birth:_____________________
Printed name:________________________________________ Date Signed:______________________
SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN REQUIRED FOR MEMBERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18
As the parent or guardian of the minor child Member named above, I hereby make and enter into each and every agreement, representation, waiver and release described above on behalf of myself, the Member, and any other parent or guardian of the Member, intending that they be binding on me, the Member, and our respective heirs, executors, administrators and assigns. By affixing my signature below I represent that intend to give up my right, the right of the Member, and the right of any other parent or guardian to maintain any claim or suit against USCSA arising out of the Member's participation in any Activities involving USCSA in any way. I further agree to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify USCSA of and from any claims from third parties arising from the minor child Members' participation in any activities affiliated with USCSA.
Parent or guardian's signature:____________________________________________________________
Printed name:_______________________________________ Date Signed:______________________