Skiing law delayed |

Skiing law delayed

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall continues to finalize a new reckless-skiing law, and an attorney with the local government is unsure when the Park City Council will consider the law.

In January, the city’s Legal Department anticipated presenting the law to the City Council as early as February, but Tom Daley, the deputy city attorney, says the city wants officials in Summit County and Wasatch County to review a draft. He is especially awaiting comments from Wasatch County.

Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort are largely under the jurisdiction of City Hall, but there is terrain at Deer Valley that extends into Wasatch County. The remainder of the resorts is either in Park City or in surrounding Summit County, which has a reckless-skiing rule on the books.

Daley says PCMR and Deer Valley want Park City’s reckless-skiing law to be the same as those in the counties.

"They want to have an ordinance that is identical for the area," Daley says.

He says PCMR and Deer Valley have agreed to the contents of the draft.

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People caught skiing recklessly face prosecution by Summit County, but City Hall has indicated it wants its own law. City officials have not made public the details of the upcoming reckless-skiing law, and they could be guarded until just before they are presented to the City Council.

In early January, a City Hall paralegal indicated reckless skiing may be made a class B misdemeanor, the same severity of crime as a drunken-driving charge. They are punishable by a jail sentence of up to six months and a $1,000 fine, but the fine might be capped lower than the state law allows.

Reckless-skiing prosecutions are rare in Summit County, with David Brickey, the county attorney, saying about one or two cases are prosecuted in a year.