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Intrawest Wants Lids on Kids

Intrawest Wants Lids on Kids

[ Tue, 2009-10-06 12:45 ]
Winter Park Ski School Kids With Helmets
Steamboat, Copper, Winter Park to require helmets for the under-17 set in terrain parks, ski school

Who doesn't have a helmets-saved-my-life story? A friend of SKI Magazine likes to tell the story of how a helmet saved her, not from a cliff-jump gone wrong or an underdone backflip 540, but from being a klutz. Our friend had just popped off the lift at a local Colorado resort when she slipped sideways and fell to the ground. The chair behind her swept up and conked her right on the back of the head and knocked her darn near unconscious. Had she not been wearing a helmet, she says, a concussion -- or worse -- was inevitable.

While we here at SKI like to think we're a little more graceful than that, we'll also agree that preventative protection is a good idea; you'll usually find us helmeted when we hit the hill. And it's a good thing we're used to the big plastic noggin, because the helmet issue is heating up. We already told you about Vail Resorts' decision to require helmets for all on-hill employees; rumor is this is the first step toward requiring all VR visitors to wear helmets. Now resort owner Intrawest, which runs Colorado's Copper, Winter Park and Steamboat, has announced rules requiring all those under 17 to wear helmets in terrain parks and in ski school; helmets will also come standard with youth gear rentals. Next season, Intrawest will require all on-hill employees to go be-helmeted as well. Some may gripe about the encroachment of the nanny state on this one, but for us, the more healthy, non-concussed skiers on the hill, the better.