Originally Posted by sjjohnston
A kind of analytical way to come at this is to start with the sources of danger, and then think about ways to minimize that danger.
This makes sense. After my first year on patrol, here are what I perceive to be the sources of danger and the minimization solutions:
- lifts: stop them to load and unload each chair, suspend them somehow so there are no towers
- trees: cut 'em down, all of 'em
- terrain: close everything steeper than a green
- terrain parks: close 'em.
- people: eliminate skier collisions, - one run/one person
- alcohol: close the bars, administer BAC tests at the lift
- hard/icy/heavy snow: no manmade, groom everything, close the area after a thaw/freeze, keep walkways clear of ice and snow (that last one actually makes sense)
- MIs, strokes, AMS, exhaustion: extensive cardio-pulmonary physicals for all skiers, O2 available in ride-along packs, demonstrated fitness before ticket purchase
- auto traffic: the most dangerous thing we do is drive to the area - eliminate cars
That would take care of about 95% of the danger and injuries for skiing. Avalanches? Pffft!