The Safety Site
Monica Palmer, RSRC Safety Administrator
Recreational Safety takes Responsibility & Control
Skier's Safety Code
Some people, based on what they have seen on televised ski races, or what ski accidents made the local news or office gossip, automatically consider skiing to be a dangerous sport. Actually, when skiers are properly trained, follow the rules, and use properly maintained equipment, skiing is a relatively safe sport. Skiers are more likely to be injured in an automobile accident, either driving to or from the ski resort, than they are to be injured on the slopes. According to the National Ski Area Association, the number of ski related deaths is less than 1 per million.
Every new skier should be made aware of the Skiers Responsibility Code.
Following the 7 rules and skiing within your ability can reduce your risk of injury or death. Ac-cording to American Sports Data, Inc, the most practical method of assessing risk potential in a sport is to measure the number of injuries per 1,000 athlete exposures - the number of times a participant engages in the activity over the course of a year. Using this method, boxing, football, snowboarding, and ice hockey are all more dangerous than Alpine skiing.
In December, 2016, a man died at Mount Rose after going into a closed area where he triggered a fatal avalanche. The area called “The Chutes” was closed because of recent new snow and was not stable. The skier had to cross a barrier to go in there. This should never have happened, but he paid the ultimate price for his poor judgement.
Yes, there are risks involved with skiing and all active sports. However, if we follow the 7 rules of the Skiers Responsibility Code, then we can minimize these risks.