California Ski Bill Would Require Padding on Lifts and Published Safety Records

January 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

A new bill introduced in California would require all the state’s ski resorts to publish injury and death reports as well as line the bases of all lift towers with padding. Additionally, it would require that all employees and minors wear ski helmets.

We’re not in a position to do some of the things they would like to be done. … Ski patrols write up incident reports (of injuries) but they are not doctors,” Roberts said. “And we question why, when the state has a $20 billion budget deficit, they are paying so much attention to something that, when you talk to most winter sport participants, they know the risks and are comporting accordingly.”

This would require resorts to cover all their lift towers and trees with padding. This law would also put ski resorts at a major litigation risk once skiers did injure themselves.

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