Interesting differences between NSAA and hospital definition of serious injuries. Here NSAA reports on average 42 serious injuries per year for the entire country. The Washoe Medical Center serving the Sierra resorts reports 250 serious injuries per year. My guess is NSAA definition includes ONLY long term disabling injuries where the hospital includes all serious injuries that may or may not be long term disabling injuries. The hospital of course is including backcountry injuries where NSAA only includes inbounds resort injuries.
Serious injuries (paraplegics, serious head and other serious injuries) occur at the rate of about 42 per year, according to the NSAA.
But there has been an increase in serious injuries at Sierra ski resorts over the past year, said Dr. Myron Gomez, the chief trauma surgeon at the Washoe Medical Center in Reno, which handles all the major injuries from Sierra ski resorts. In recent years, the hospital has seen an average of 250 ski and snowboard trauma patients. That jumped to 309 patients during the 2004-05 ski season, and similar numbers are expected this winter, Gomez said.