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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Does anyone know of a website where I can find specific injury data grouped by resort?  I want to take my youth group to resort A, but the pastor wants to go to Resort B because he heard "Resort A isn't safe".  Where can I find specific injury data?

post #2 of 10

Never heard of data like this for specific resorts. Some industry data you can get, but that is about it. 

 

I am curious as to which resorts you believe are safe/unsafe thou.

post #3 of 10

HPPA regulations would prevent you getting actual medical records.  Resorts aren't going to offer up anything at all, even anonymous totals.  But, I'd think that the National Ski Patrol maintains metrics of incident report totals, evac totals, etc by the patrol nationwide all the way down to how many per week/day at each resort they staff.  They'd need that info to make staffing decisions.  For a giant contribution they might share some of it with you???

 

No idea for sure, but just thinking they would probably have info like that.

post #4 of 10

I don't know if you will find it online, but perhaps if you call the two resorts and ask if they have any such information available. That said it is unlikley that information will be provided, but who knows.

 

However I might just add that serious accidents don't JUST happen, provided you are being sensible and reasonable you will be fine.

Minor accidents ie: sprains and small collisions could still happen but that will be exactly the same no matter where you go. 

post #5 of 10

Just on this:

 

Got me thinking, no offence, but your question/statement, does seem to indicate you are fairly new to skiing.  If so welcome!  It is a great sport, and I think it is awesome you are trying to show it more people via the youth group.  However organising just a ski weekend for 1 person can be daunting, organising it for a whole group can be disaterous if you dont know what to do.

 

Having worked in the ski industry for virtually my entire life I have seen many groups come and go, some go smooth, others not so much.  Alot depends on the prior planning.

 

Do you know and understand what advice to give regarding clothing (ie no scarfs, the benefits of real ski socks, eye wear, hats, layering, waterproofing etc), advice regarding staying warm (proper hydration, gloves vs. mitts, wool vs. leather etc?), lessons pre-arranged, rentals pre-arranged, etc?  All this can and should be done well before you even leave home.  It is obvious which groups get this right, and those that dont. 

 

Most resorts will make special accomadations for groups, that will really smooth things out.  You need to see who is willing to work with you the most, that will determine your safety/enjoyment far more then anythng else.

 

Good luck with it.

post #6 of 10

In addition to excellent advice from Skidude, keep in mind that resort safety statistics may be completely misleading.  A resort with huge back country area and a lot of exposure may have a lot of accidents, but that's completely irrelevant for a group of rank beginners on a green slope.

 

What you need to be looking for is the resort where the beginners area is NOT shared with a runout from more advanced terrain.  There's nothing more scary for beginners than the feeling of being a bowling pin.

 

If you post the specific resorts you're considering, someone here will be able to advise you.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

I've been skiing my entire life.  I live in North Carolina, so there are 5 or 6 "resorts" to choose from within a 3 to 4 hour drive.  I've been taking the youth group on ski trips for the last 10 years or so, and we've always gone through a company who takes care of most of our details.  This company only goes to Wintergreen in VA.  I was very disappointed with this company the last couple years and decided I wanted to take care of the details myself this year.  I ski at Winterplace in WV a lot, and wanted to take the kids there.  I was talking it over with one of the pastors and he said he had heard that "a lot of people get hurt there".  He's only been skiing a couple times, but has a friend who went head first into a ski lift pole at Winterplace and is now paralyzed (which can happen anywhere when you're out of control...).  I asked him if it was just because of his one friend, and he kept telling me no, that more people get hurt at Winterplace than Wintergreen, so he didn't want us going there.  I was just curious if this data actually existed, because I had never seen it.    

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by incognito View Post

In addition to excellent advice from Skidude, keep in mind that resort safety statistics may be completely misleading.  A resort with huge back country area and a lot of exposure may have a lot of accidents, but that's completely irrelevant for a group of rank beginners on a green slope.

 

What you need to be looking for is the resort where the beginners area is NOT shared with a runout from more advanced terrain.  There's nothing more scary for beginners than the feeling of being a bowling pin.

 

If you post the specific resorts you're considering, someone here will be able to advise you.



statically speaking for every 100 skier skiing off piste compared to every 100 skiers skiing on piste, you much more likely to get hurt skiing onpiste than off piste.

post #9 of 10

Here are some injury stats. Skiing/snowboarding (11/05)

  • 2004 number of fatalities* 45
  • Number of participants (in millions)** 12.2
  • Fatalities per million participants 3.69
  • Days of participation (in millions)* 56.9
  • Fatalities per days of participation rate (per million) 79                                                 

Obviously the real epidemic is the number of skiers and snowboarders.
ps: People want people to wear helmets so they don't have to feel guilty.

post #10 of 10

Correction:  Fatalities per million days of participation = 0.79, not 79.

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