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Injured snowboarders / skiers ratio

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I patrol on a mid size mountain with night skiing out in the East.  The ratio of snowboarders to skiers on the mountain might be around 40-50%.  However, so far this year my ratio of injured snowboarders versus skiers is nine to one.  I was wondering if other people are experiencing the same thing.

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How about an injured by snowboarders ratio?
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from what I've seen 9 to 1 seems high.  More like 7-3. It's demographics, snowboarders are usually younger, possibly less experienced and that always results in bigger better tumbles. I think when I started skiing the ratio was probably also 9-1 ( 9 for the first year, 1 for everyone else)  But If you don't want to get hit by snow boarders stay off the bunny slopes, there are a lot of very skilled boarders elsewhere. 

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We generally wait a couple weeks before skiing to let the snowboarders take themselves out. If snow is good early, by mid December, the dangerous are in rehab, leaving the better boarders among skiers. Much safer, and more enjoyable. You tend to see the injury rate skyrocket again during the week between Christmas and New Years when out of state punks come in. Spring break can present challenges, but better snow in the steeps is available, and the backcountry is good, so you can avoid boarders.
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