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Fatalities Demonstrate Need for Ski Safety

Last week, a California skier lost control and crashed into a tree. He suffered a severe head injury and died at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Santa Rosa man was on a beginner trail, and was not wearing a helmet. The rescue crew were forced to use a rope to pull the victim from under the tree which he had struck.

Lift Issues Create Holiday Havoc

An unusual spat of lift mishaps has struck ski resorts large and small. On Christmas Eve, approximately 150 skiers were stranded on a gondola at Chamrousse ski resort in the French Alps. It took about three hours for all guests to be evacuated from the lift which runs about 80 ft above the ground. Many were rescued by helicopter.

Less Snow, More Risk

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.

Ski Lift Malfunction Injures Five

On its opening day of the season, Tussey Mountain, a Pennsylvania resort about 80 miles northwest of Harrisburg, a ski lift malfunctioned and several chairs slid off track and collided. Officials said that a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slid back along the haul rope, starting a chain reaction that involved a total of four chairs.

Third Snowboarder Death of Season

A third young male snowboarder has died after losing control. This accident occurred at a Lake Tahoe-area resort around 1:15pm on December 7th.

Second Skier Death in December

A second skier has died after hitting a tee while skiing at a Colorado ski resort. This accident occurred on the same day as the fatal Monarch accident. The victim was a young man from Illinois who had recently moved to Larimer County for school.

First Colorado Ski Fatality of 2017-18

The ski season has just begun, yet a death has already occurred at Monarch Ski Resort. The victim was a twenty-three year old member of the U.S. Army from Ohio. Chaffee County deputies reported that he was snowboarding on Dec. 2nd at Monarch when we lost control and crashed into a tree.

California Focuses on Ski Safety

In an odd battle of dueling ski safety guides, California skiers have two resources providing safety information for the slopes. The California Ski Industry Association has released the first Mountain Safety Guide for the 2017-2018 season. The non-profit organization represents 28 ski resorts in California and Nevada under the brand Ski California, and, much like Ski Colorado, it works to promote ski industry relations with the community. The group describes the guide as educational for guests with advice on how to ski and snowboard safely. A...

Mandatory Ski Helmets

Boyne Resorts has adopted a new policy requiring all workers to wear safety helmets when working on the mountains.

2017-18 Colorado Ski Season Opening

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, A-Basin, has won the first-to-open competition for this season. The resort is scheduled to open this Friday, announcing that the Black Mountain Express lift will turn at 9 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail.