[R456R, Telluride Ski Resort] is cracking down on unsafe skiers and riders. New penalty guidelines are being implemented by the resort, and they don't mess around. The most important thing to understand is who is at fault. The Skier Safety Act explains, "Each skier has the duty to maintain control of his speed and course at all times when skiing and to maintain a proper lookout so as to be able to avoid other skiers and objects. However, the primary duty shall be on the person skiing down to avoid collision with any person or object below him."

Telluride is implementing penalty guidelines. You lose all ski area privileges for 30 days if you are at fault in a collision, and there are no injuries. You pass is revoked and you aren't allowed to ski or ride Telluride for one year if you are at fault and cause injuries. A collision for a second time, with or without injuries, results in a five-year revocation of ski area privileges.

Hit and run skiing accidents are treated very seriously as well. Privileges are revoked for one year, plus prosecution for a hit and run collision without injury. Those with injury result in a loss of privileges for five years, along with prosecution.

John Cohn, the Director of Security for Telluride, says everyone needs to know the Skier Safety Act before hitting the slopes, as the resort's main priority is the safety and health of all guests, locals, and employees. "Skiing safely is dependent on space and speed, and to be cognitive to your surroundings. This is the key to avoiding collisions and enjoying a great day on the mountain," said Cohn.

Telluride also revokes privileges for those who go out of bounds. Fines range from 30 days to a two-years loss of skiing privileges.

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