California Ski Resort Safety Standards Called Into Question by SnowSport Safety Foundation

California Ski Resort Safety Standards Called Into Question by SnowSport Safety Foundation

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California Ski Resort Safety Standards Called Into Question by SnowSport Safety Foundation

“They are very inconsistent in the way they mark hazards. The signing and control of traffic and slowing people down needs to be improved a lot.” -Snow Sport Safety Foundation’s  Richard Penniman

While some view the Snow Sport Safety Foundation’s “report card” as “one man’s personal opinion on ski resorts’s safety standards”, it ruffled feathers in the industry enough to get a statement out of the head of Ski California:

“We really don’t frankly even really recognize or acknowledge the legitimacy of the report card. It’s truly just one person’s view on snow sports safety.” -Head of Ski California Michael Reitzell

While the criteria for his report isn’t accepted by the ski industry or believed to provide viable information about ways to improve safety on the slopes, Richard Penniman of Snow Sport Safety Foundation believes his work has led to more shared responsibility of safety between guests and resorts:

“They’re businesses, and they don’t want to be held to standards if they don’t have to be. They’re starting to recognize that they have a shared responsibility in slope safety.”

To read SnowSport Safety Foundation’s 2017 Family Safety Report Card please go HERE.

 

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