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Negligence suit thrown out The ski area liability waiver has withstood another challenge by an injured skier. A B.C. Supreme Court judge this week dismissed a negligence suit filed by a Montreal woman against Blackcomb. Miriam Schuster broke a vertebra in the finish area of a recreational race course near the Catskinner Chair in December 1992. Justice John Hall said Schuster assumed the risk when she signed the waiver. He therefore dismissed the suit. But Schuster's lawyer says the ruling means ski areas are not liable for any claims, including those based on negligence. Schuster is considering an appeal. Blackcomb says it was ready to defend the suit had it gone to trial. Schuster claimed she became entangled in a snow fence after she crossed the finish line of the race course, which caused her to fall. She admitted she read the bold type on the waiver she signed.


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