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

OSHA Fines Squaw Valley Over Patroller’s Death

OSHA is charged with enforcing workplace safety standards across the United States.  The agency investigates workplace injuries and deaths in an effort to help create safer workplaces and identify safety measures to prevent future injuries.  OSHA recently completed its workplace safety investigation into the death of Squaw Valley Patroller Joe Zuiches.  He tragically died while… Read More

Preventing Water Sports Recreational Injuries this Summer 2017

We’re lucky to be surrounded by quite a few bodies of water here in the beautiful state of Washington. With the hot summer months in full swing in the Pacific Northwest, families will be taking advantage of the good weather to participate in recreational water sports. From jet skiing to boating, there are many water… Read More

Judge Allows Avalanche Death Case to Proceed Against Vail

13 year old Colin Taft died in an inbound avalanche at Vail on January 22, 2012.  His family sued Vail arguing that the avalanche that killed Colin was foreseeable and that Vail was negligent in failing to either make the area safe for skiers by mitigating the known avalanche danger and/or was negligent in failing… Read More

Are Zip lines Safe?

Outside Magazine published an in depth article recently which examined zip line injuries around the world. The article explored the overall lack of safety standards that exist to regulate the construction and operation of zip lines. Zip lines have proliferated as an adventure tourism staple. They can be found in the US, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and… Read More

A Very Real Look at an Avalanche Rescue

This avalanche burial and rescue was captured on video from the perspectives of victim and the companion rescuer.  Fortunately, the victim was located and uncovered without any apparent injury.  However, had these skiers not been skiing together and properly equipped, the worst could have occurred. The video is about 10 minutes long.  Its painstaking how… Read More

Crystal Mountain Skiers Face Misdemeanor Charges for Skiing in Closed Area

Crystal Mountain is apparently sending a message that it is serious about boundary closures. The Tacoma News Tribune reported last week that Crystal Mountain is seeking misdemeanor charges to be brought against two skiers who skied into a closed area on the morning of February 10, 2017.  Crystal Mountain Patrol was reportedly conducting active avalanche… Read More