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[ Mon, 2009-09-28 09:56 ]
Instructors and Students Alike Wear Helmets at Vail Ski School
Almost 50 percent of skiers and riders wear helmets on the hill

In our upcoming November issue, on stands in a couple of weeks, writer Martin Forstenzer writes about the ongoing helmet debate, including moves by some resorts -- the Vail family among them -- to require all on-hill employees to wear helmets while skiing or riding. As it turns out, helmet usage is up -- way up.

Ski Industry Recognizes Best Marketing, Guest Service Programs

National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) announced the winners of the 2008/09 Marketing and Guest Service Awards.

Photo: Mammoth Mountain

Signs of the Times

Under pressure from insurers—and inspired by Disney—ski areas introduced colorful symbols to convey a trail’s difficulty. More than 40 years later, airports get in line.

Imagination is not the hallmark of most government agencies, so let’s give a cheer for the folks at the Transportation Security Administration. After successfully testing the idea at the Salt Lake City and Denver airports—the nation’s busiest travel hubs for skiers—the federal agency is using symbols similar to ski-trail signs to speed airline passengers through security lines. A green circle indicates the line for infrequent travelers—beginners—unfamiliar with protocol, such as not carrying bottled water through security.

The Politics of Skiing

The new snow-country strategy: Ski locally; act nationally.

In the noisy approach to November’s presidential election, politics has elbowed its way to the front of seemingly every discussion. In fact, politics has always played a key role, if quiet one, in the ski industry, especially for those 136 ski areas sitting at least partly on U.S. Forest Service land. With the U.S. government as a landlord, those resorts routinely work closely with the Forest Service on a range of concerns. Of course, the politics of skiing doesn’t end there.

Aspen/Snowmass Gives Good Reason to be Green with Envy

Aspen Skiing Company leads others in the ski industry in their green efforts through focuses on new fuel, energy consumption, taking responsibility, giving back, and building in the future.

Eldora Offers Helmet Test Drive To Guests


Marker to offer free demos of helmets this weekend in association with National Safety Awareness Week.

National Safety Awareness Week Activities at Mammoth Mountain


January 13-19, 2007, is National Safety Awareness Week, and Mammoth Mountain is participating.

Reckless Skier? Now, That's Inspiration


Having an out-of-control skier crash into your mom is never a good thing, but sometimes there's a hidden benefit.

Test Your Skier Smarts: Answers


Answers to the Test Your Skier Smarts Quiz.

Mammoth Commits One Dollar Per Ticket to Environmental Education


This Sunday, February 25, Mammoth and June Mountain Ski Areas will donate one dollar for every lift ticket purchased to the Surfrider Foundation's Snowrider Project.

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