Helmets Made Complusory for Snow Schools

October 30th, 2009

Intrawest, the company behind nine resorts in the US has issued new guidelines that make helmets compulsory for children having ski and snowboard lessons as well as all students having freestyle coaching, regardless of age.A helmet is now going to be included in all children’s ski and snowboard rentals from Intrawest owned shops, and all staff are now required to wear at helmet while on duty on the slopes.

Bill Jensen, chief executive officer at Intrawest said, “Intrawest is working in conjunction with the ski industry to establish important best practices on behalf of our resort guests and employees.”

The nine resorts include Mount Tremblant resort in Quebec, where actress Natasha Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson, had a fall in March 2009. She later died of a blood clot.

The helmet usage guidelines will be phased in at the following Intrawest ski resorts:
Copper Mountain (Colorado)
Mountain Creek (New Jersey)
Panorama Mountain (British Columbia)
Snowshoe Mountain (West Virginia)
Steamboat Ski Resort (Colorado)
Stratton Mountain (Vermont)
Tremblant Resort (Quebec)
Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia)
Winter Park Resort (Colorado)
Winter Park Resort (Colorado)

SOURCE: www.surfsnowhousexchange.com