Ski resort operator Intrawest, which runs Copper Mountain,
Winter Park and Steamboat ski areas, recently announced that this season it
will “recommend that all skiers and snowboarders visiting its resorts wear
Nothing new there, right? Resorts have been touting the
safety benefits of helmets for years. But new this year, these resorts will
require helmets for all children and teens 17 and younger taking part in
terrain park and ski/snowboard school programs, and helmets will be a standard
part of youth-gear rentals. In past years, parents could opt out of requiring
their kids to wear helmets. Next season, the company will require all employees
to wear helmets while on duty.
In April, Vail Resorts announced a similar requirement for
employees and children in snow-school programs, effective this season. The
company operates Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone ski areas.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service.