Statistics from The National Ski Area Assn. (NSAA) state ( on their website) most fatalities occur in the same population that engages in high risk behavior. Victims are predominantly male (85 percent) from their late teens to late 30’s (70 percent). Most of those who die are above average skiers and snowboarders who are going at high rates of speed on the margins of intermediate trails.
Serious Injuries (paralysis, serious head, and other serious injuries) do occur on the ski slopes.
In 2010/11 the number of US fatalities was 47 according to NSAA.
The number of serious collisions and accidents between and among skiers and snowboarders are real. Although they state it is a less dangerous sport than other high energy sports, there are risks and challenges associated with this high performance winter sport. With millions of visitors each year throughout the country, and an increase of boarding accidents and fatalities on the rise, it is safe to say that the inherent risk is not one we wish to shove under a moving rug.
Helmets are often now a requirement at many resorts for rental equipment, and are required by both instructors and participants in all adaptive sport activities as defined by Disabled Sport USA.
Helmets are adjustable and should be fitted well. We think they should be taken off when inside in order to allow the heat created from the use of a helmet to dissapate and the user may relax unencumbered, regaining cellular homeostasis, from any overheating acquired .
Even though when you purchase a ticket, a participant must know the code. There are a set of rules designed to minimize accidents and maximize safety. Do You Know The Code? The Know The Code Video May be found on You Tube. Play it for your group, or your family. You may find this link on our site on the Terrain Park Safety Page… Along with other video’s.. Check It Out !!