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Dr. Dan Gregorie, head of the California-based SnowSport Safety Foundation, has spent the past decade working for greater safety in the sport, and greater transparency by the ski industry in reporting casualties.

After two deaths in Colorado during the early season, Dr. Gregorie was interviewed by Westword reporter Michael Roberts, “Skiing Safety Expert: Less Snow Means More Risk of Injuries, Death.” Dr. Gregorie explains why, when slopes have low snowfall such as our early season conditions, the risk of a serious accident increases. He also points out the lack of accountability in ski resorts reporting accidents to the public. Over recent ski seasons, the industry has been less and less forthcoming about in-bound ski accidents, particularly fatal ones.