Ever notice that all these types of laws always aim at symptoms, not causes?
Don't make sure people are in control, just make them wear a helmet.
I always wear a helmet, but that's a choice, not a mandate.
Personally, I'd rather see a "mandatory lesson law" that didn't let anyone buy a lift ticket if they weren't a "licensed skier".
: (yes, I'm making a "Modest Proposal" with some sarcasm here.)
I was in a clinic last weekend with a bunch of other instructors. Near the end of the day, we had to break away from the clinic and ski down to rescue a guest who was totally out of control, before he killed himself or someone else. Totally straightlining a blue run with zero control. Huge bowlegged flat-ski out-of-balance stance. Couldn't buy a turn even if Howie Mandel and Vanna White were both offering million-dollar deals.
The third time he crashed in front of us, our clinic leader decided we had to do something to get him off the mountain. So before he collected his latest yard-sale, he was surrounded by 8 instructors. Guy got a free mini-lesson on how to choose a line, sideslip, not aim at trees, and make it down to the nearest lift to download.
(In an interesting gender-switch, it was the competent-intermediate girlfriend who was the culprit, bringing the guy up to where he had no business.)
This guy was a freakin' unguided missile. BTW, he didn't have a helmet. The way he was "skiing", a helmet wouldn't have saved his bacon if he hit a tree or tower or guest.
SCUBA divers have to show certification to get their tanks filled or rent gear, from what I understand.
The Summit County resorts have 2 or 3 skier deaths a year from new skiers on beginner trails skiing into trees - traumatic head injuries usually. Hit hard enough that a helmet wouldn't help. Maybe we should focus on everyone knowing how to control their speed and direction before getting out there, rather than just fitting them for brain buckets.
BTW, to crgildart's comment about NC: I'm at my work touchdown-place in Raleigh this week. Every time I come down here and see how North Carolinians drive, I think there needs to be mandatory helmet, crash cage, and protective suit laws!
: NC has about a dozen different NASCAR specialty license plates - and I think every NC driver things he/she is racing in NASCAR. Drafting, cutting off, not giving an inch, intimidating out of lane changes, and using their directionals even less than Bostonians (where the unofficial motto was "Nice directional, ***hole.")
Heading out to the I-540 racetrack to the office in a few minutes.