A skier was injured when struck in the back by a paddle on a paddle tow rope and dragged 150 yards before another skier hit the emergency button to stop the mechanism. The ski area was required to have an operator on duty, who would stop the mechanism when a skier was in distress. Either the operator was not on duty or, if so, failed to act. The skier sustained a torn ACL. A confidential settlement was reached following case evaluation by a panel of three attorneys.