ThinkStock[/caption]Hopefully, you never discover this first hand, but the fact is, reckless skiing and snowboarding can be extremely costly. Let this be a warning if you are heading to the slopes this year.

Just ask Casey Ferguson of Douglas County.

According to The Summit Daily, Ferguson was coming down the Flying Dutchman run at Keystone Resort at a high rate of speed, when he collided with another skier.
A jury determined Ferguson was skiing negligently and was order to pay more than $263,000 to the injured man, who suffered a joint separation. Reports indicate the man missed three months of work as a result of his injuries.

So, a word of caution as the ski season fast approaches. Skiing is great fun, but there also is an element of risk and danger. With a variety of skiing abilities represented on the slope, you can never be too careful.

It only takes one instance of being careless, or not being aware of other people in your path, and your one day of fun in the snow can turn into a very costly venture.

By the way, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Wolf Creek are all scheduled to open for the season this weekend.

Have fun, but be careful!