Link below is to a Denver post article with the following lead, "The driest December in recent memory and a paltry snowpack are triggering surges in ER visits in ski towns as typical holiday crowds ski fewer and icier acres." 31 DEC 11 Denver post front page article.
We've only been up to Summit county resorts three days this year, and did see, during relatively limited periods, quite a few sleds being loaded or moving off the hill loaded. (Up at Breck, as we saw our 3rd and 4th being loaded in about 3 hours on Peak 7, we at first assumed they were running early season training sessions for evacuating injured skiers, guess we were wrong).
This of course is totally anecdotal material, not a pro or con on the Denver Post article.
Do others have a perception or evidence that injury rates across the board are higher this year? With fewer runs open at places like Keystone, there is definitely a lot more funneling of traffic in certain places.