Resorts can be Responsible for Injuries Caused by Lift Operations

Unsafe lift operations can lead to serious injuries.  Chairlifts are complicated and powerful machines.  Skiers and snowboarders are no match for a heavy, fast moving chairlift.  Often the safety of skiers and snowboarders is dependent upon lift operators safely and attentively operating their lift. Lift attendants must be properly trained on lift operations.  This includes… Read More

Should Ski Resorts Investigate Injuries and Report Injury Statistics?

A lot of injuries occur at ski resorts across the country each winter.  However, the public, and even the resorts are largely unaware of exactly how many injuries occur and the nature and cause of those injuries. Should ski resorts be obligated to investigate and document injuries that occur on their slopes?  And should data… Read More

Trail Tech Voyager Pro, Product Review

After about a month of use, I can confidently say that the Trail Tech Voyager Pro motorcycle GPS is an excellent product. I’ve had a love hate relationship GPS on my motorcycles for a long time.  In one hand, GPS can be incredibly helpful and even indispensable in the backcountry or on just about any… Read More

Litigation Continues Involving Avalanche Death of Vail Skier

Vail Daily News reported recently that the parents of deceased skier, Taft Conlin are appealing a defense verdict that followed a nine-day trial earlier this summer in Eagle County, Colorado.  Conlin died in an in-bounds avalanche while skiing at Vail in 2012.  He was 13 at the time of his death. Conlin’s parents brought suit… Read More

The Isle of Man TT: The Most Dangerous Race in World

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Isle of Man TT, an annual motorcycle super race that occurs for roughly two weeks in May/June. For many sportbike riders, the ultimate expression of their love for the sport can be found nowhere else but the Isle of Man TT. Often billed as, “the most dangerous… Read More

Preventing Injuries at State & National Parks in Washington

I feel very fortunate to live in the Evergreen State. Us Washingtonians have more than 100 state and 13 national parks in our backyard. My family and I love spending time at our parks, whether it’s hiking o taking a walk to enjoy the scenery. It was interesting to learn that hiking and other outdoor… Read More

Being Prepared If You’re Caught in an Avalanche

In the 2016 – 2017 winter season, 12 people in the United States were killed by avalanches, according to the Avalanche Information Center. Recently, two young snowboarders went missing in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. As of the posting of this blog post, the search for them has been suspended indefinitely. Both skiers carried cell… Read More

Mandatory Helmet Use For Employees Finally Adopted by Ski Industry

  Boyne Mountain Resort announced late last week that it will be requiring all employees working on its mountains to wear a helmet while on duty. This is a really important step forward in mountain safety that should be commended. It should also be a model for other resorts to follow—especially some of the bigger companies… Read More

Park City Fires 90 Volunteer Ski Patrollers and Cancels Program

Park City Recently Fired 90 Volunteer Ski Patrollers and Canceled the Volunteer Patrol Program. Volunteer ski patrollers make up an essential safety program in most ski areas.  They carry out and assist with countless rescues, medical aid calls, and help enforce safe skiing on the mountain.  They also assist guests by providing guidance, directions, and… Read More