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Liability Release
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Although hot air ballooning is considered to be one of the safest activities that you'll probably be involved with during your visit to the Teton's, our insurer asks that you read and sign a document acknowledging that there is an element of risk with this activity. An example of the wording within this acknowledgement is shown below
Risk Assumption & Liability Release
I am aware that hot air balloon flights are a potentially dangerous activity. Risks that I may be exposed to include, but are not limited to, loss of or damage to personal property, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities or immediate access to such facilities, fire, falling, fatality, injury, and motor vehicle accidents. I am aware that balloons land in rough terrain, and that balloon gondolas commonly slide and tip over while landing. To reduce risk to myself and other occupants, I agree to follow the pilot’s instructions throughout the flight and during landing. While the balloon is landing, I agree to 1) keep my entire body inside the gondola, 2) securely hold on to a secured gondola component (handholds, fuel tanks, uprights, or other secured item), and 3) keep my body in a flexible position, including bending my knees, in preparation for contact with the ground. I agree to remain inside the gondola until the pilot instructs me to exit. I acknowledge that I am responsible for my personal property. I understand that my clothing and personal items may become soiled, stained, damaged, dropped or lost. I understand that any personal property that I bring into the shuttle vehicle, chase vehicle, or balloon system will be not be replaced or compensated for by Teton Balloon Flights, it’s pilots, contractors, owners or staff (hereinafter referred to as TBF), no matter the reason for loss. Since atmospheric conditions are unique from day to day, I understand that the pilot will determine the altitude, distance and duration of the flight while we are airborne. I understand that there are no guarantees with regard to minimum altitude, distance traveled, or airtime. I may be returned to my agreed-upon destination later than originally agreed. With this knowledge I am voluntarily participating in hot air ballooning activities and assume and accept all risks, known and unknown. I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, and legal representatives (hereinafter referred to as “I”) release, indemnify and hold harmless TBF from all actions, claims, and/or demands that I may have for injury, damage or loss resulting from my participation in hot air ballooning activities, howsoever caused, including negligence and acts of nature, and will not make claim against TBF for any injury, damage or loss resulting from ballooning activities. I have read this document and understand its full content. I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract between TBF and myself, and sign it of my own free will.