In the winter of 2008/2009, the USA saw 34 deaths at ski resorts.  11 of those deaths were in Colorado.  

In 2007/2008 there were 50 ski-related deaths in the USA.  16 of those were in Colorado.

Colorado is very much overly represented in the ski-related death area.  This is very likely due to it’s high number of skier visits combined with persistently high avalanche danger.

So far in 2011/12 there have been ski-realated 14 deaths in Colorado.

Between 1980 and 2001 there were 274 ski-related deaths in Colorado.

Colorado had 7 million skier visits in 2010/2011, the most of any state.  That’s a big number considering the entire USA had 60.1 million skier visits that same year.  Lake Tahoe received 3.6 million skier visits in 2010/11.

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– 274 deaths

– 81%+ were male

– 65% were due to traumatic injuries resulting from collisions

– 32, the average age of the deceased skiers

– “Death rates ranged from 0.53 to 1.88 per million skier visits.” – Stallones & Xiang

 – Source:  Lorann Stallones & Huiyun Xiang


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