Originally Posted by tennisets
My neighbor, who lives in Jackson Hole (I’m at college), when asked about the number of deaths that occur, said that someone tends to die there on average once every week or two during the peak of the season. That’s a lot of people dying at just that one resort, so I don’t think the number of deaths is really bad compared to some places. I’m not downplaying the significance of an increased number of deaths in the East, I’m just saying that maybe we’re lucky there aren’t even more, as it seems there are out West.
The inbounds skier/snowboarder deaths in the United States have been consistently between 30 and 40 per year for many years now. Because the numbers are so low skiing and snowboarding is considered a relatively safe sport. The number of inbounds skier/snowboarder visits in the United States has not changed much either. I am sure Jackson Hole Resort does not account for half the inbounds skiing/snowboarder deaths in the United States.
Avalanche, NARSIDS (tree well), snowmobile, and other snow sport deaths in and around Wyoming and Idaho while beyond the Jackson Hole Resort boundary is a VERY different category.
EVERY sport has risk and is not 100% safe. Again automobile deaths far out number anything else including WAR.