the patrollers who died at Squaw and Alpine were both very experienced and highly skilled. (And I don't mean to imply that an airbag would necessarily have saved either. I don't know about the patroller at Alpine, Bill Foster, but Andrew Entin at Squaw was not completely buried. He was carried into the trees, was conscious when found, and I believe had chest injuries.) Most safety equipment is unpopular with people who use it--harnesses for construction workers on heights, table saw guards. We can argue all day whether employers or the government should protect people from themselves--the argument may be easier when the cost to society as a whole is high, as with motorcycle head injuries requiring years of expensive care the public pays for--but at the end of that day we still won't agree. And I'm conflicted--I guess I would say the OSHA should require the ski area to provide the airbag to every patroller r and leave the decision to use it up to the patroller.