Facts on Snowboarding/Skiing Injuries
I've seen lots of forums where skiers rag on snowboarders for not being safe. Generally speaking being a person who does both is that it is the rider who is the problem not what they are using. The fact of the matter is the great majority of young people choose to ride. The great majority of the people who take risks or don't use appropriate caution tend to be young people. There are facts to back up these statements. Check out the link below for just one example.
Anyhow to address real statistics from studies done about the sport you only have to use google to get going. The average number of deaths per year for skiing/snowboarding is 38. in '05/'05 there were 45... 30 were skiers and 15 were snowboarders. There were also 45 serious injuries that year 24 were skiers and 21 were snowboarders.
These statistics do not bear that snowboarders are more dangerous then skiers. The researcher specifically states that boarders have not made resorts less safe for everyone. In fact the great majority of injuries and death are NOT caused by collisions between riders but, collisions and falls without a second party involved.
"Shealy’s research also confirmed that alpine skiers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision with other people than snowboarders". this is a quote right from the article.
Anyhow before anyone starts blasting snowboarders in general do a bit of googling and figure out if your pre-conceptions are in line with reality.
Another interesting fact that this research shows is that... "Most of those fatally injured are usually above-average skiers and snowboarders who are going at high rates of speed on the margins of intermediate trails. This is the same population that suffers the majority of unintentional deaths from injury."
The mixing of different ability levels on intermediate trails is something to be addressed instead of what people use to ride. I think the biggest thing to remember is that if you are an above average snowboarder or skier YOU have the ability to show more courtesy and caution on the slopes then the beginner. THEY are NOT in your way intentionally. They are doing the best they can to get down safely. Show your skill by keeping a safe speed and distance from everyone. I take up beginner riders all the time and I constantly shake my head at people buzzing by them and not keeping proper spacing even though they clearly have the skills to do so.
My two cents. http://www.nsaa.org/nsaa/press/0506/...owboarding.asp