Be careful as ski resorts are opening one after another during the cold weather, and if you hit another person while running blindly on the silver slopes, you may fall into a criminal state.

On December 30, 2019, high school student Group A, who visited a ski resort in Chuncheon, was riding a board on the slope and crashed into a woman in her 40s who was skiing on the right side while descending.

Group A requested a formal trial in disobeying the summary order of fines for inflicting a wound on a woman that required treatment for about two weeks (for negligence).

Army A claimed in court, saying, "The accident occurred due to the victim's negligence without properly looking ahead and not slowing down."

The Chuncheon District Court, in charge of the first trial, judged guilty on the grounds that Army A collided with the victim because he did not slow down even though he saw the victim gliding down the slope while making a long turn below him.

Group A, who was sentenced to a fine of 300,000 won, appealed, but the judgment was not overturned.

On January 11, 2019, while riding a snowboard at a ski resort in Pyeongchang-gun, Mr. B went straight down in a so-called 'one-foot' state where only one foot was fixed on the board, but later found a woman in her 20s who was leading the way. put on

B was eventually sentenced to a fine of 2.5 million won for negligence.

As in the two cases, if an accident occurs without a sufficient safe distance to avoid collision with others, it is judged as a violation of the duty of care and may be subject to criminal punishment.

Contrary to this, there are cases where the manager of the ski resort was punished when an accident occurred due to the neglect of safety management.

On March 16, 2019, Mr. C, who oversaw the operation, management, and safety inspection of a ski resort in the Gangwon region, left the safety net rebar support in the curve section exposed.

At around 11:30 am that day, D (22) lost his center while skiing down the slope and slipped and fell.

Mr. C insisted on his innocence, but the court found that Mr. C did not fulfill his duty of care in his work by checking the safety of the safety net every day.

Dae-gyu Kang, a lawyer at the Korea Central Law Firm, said, "If you look at the precedents, it is very difficult to hold the ski resort accountable for negligence in management and supervision in the event of an accident inside the ski resort."

“In the end, the individual must be held responsible,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to the Gangwon-do Fire Department, the number of safety accidents at ski resorts in the province was around 100 each year, including 122 cases in 2018, 142 cases in 2019, and 98 cases in 2020.

In terms of age, those in their 10s and 20s had the highest accident rate at 59% (213 cases).

A Gangwon Fire Department official said, "You must wear protective equipment such as helmets and knee pads, and follow the precautions such as choosing a slope that suits your skill level."