It happened at Blue Mountain, which is in Collingwood, Ontario Canada..
I was there on Friday and almost lost my daughter there as well. She wasn't used to the soft snow conditions and despite her best efforts ended up going face first into a control box mounted on a pole that held a snow gun. She's in rough shape, no concussion or broken bones, but many stitches where she tore her face open. The poles were protected from skiers approaching coming down the hill but not from the sides which is how my daughter hit it. With that said, it could have easily been a tree or something else.
I don't know the solution, but am in agreement that something more needs to be done. I'm sure due to the stream of people coming into the emergency room from the hill while we were there on Friday that it has to be in the resorts best interest. There was no less than 5 skiers/snowboarders in the ER when I was there between noon and 2 while my daughter was stitched up. One guy with a broken hip, another kid who had hit something..
What ever costs may be incurred I'm sure would be offset by the insurance waiver I'm assuming is astronomical.
The netting your suggesting might not prevent broken bones or soft tissue injuries, but it could save a life. And I agree, there are far too many people dying on the groomers. It wasn't long ago that the only ones wearing helmets were the racers, now the majority of the public wear them.
When the story was posted about the young racer at Blue, a few of my friends had mentioned that it hit close to home. I didn't know but several of my friends have lost family due to skiing accidents as well.
I think sometimes we forget how dangerous this sport can be, my adventures on Friday have caused me to reconsider where we're going to get season passes next year and the importance of lessons and a safe environment in which my kids can grow. I don't want to be overbearing and I recognize that they need to be challenged in order to grow, however I'm going to be more picky about where and when we ski. My youngest will start skiing next year and I hope that she never has to experience fearing for her life while skiing in bounds. If it adds a few bucks to the ski ticket or season pass, it's a small price to pay if it means that a parent can bring their kids home at night in one piece.