You got to wonder why ski magazines don't report on ski resort safety as a criteria when they tell their readers which ski areas that are the best places to make your turns. How many times was Whistler rated by Ski Magazine as the best place to go?
half of those were falls while loading or unloading. a number were kids falling off a moving chair, along with a couple of mechanical incidents.
The fact that the dumbass in line with me can't load a lift does not make me feel less safe when skiing in BC.
Whistler did not have 106 incidents that is the total incidents for all resorts in BC and includes minor incidents. In Canada the TSSA (Technical Safety Standards Association), pulls legal weight and resorts must follow rules and regulations about reporting incidents that the US doesn't have so it can appear worse then it sounds. No serious accident should be forgiven but you may not hear about them in other areas.
"The B.C. Safety Authority recorded 106 "reportable incidents" at ski hills in 2008, including an unlucky 13 persons who plunged as far as nine to 12 metres from lifts, some suffering serious injuries in the process.
Grouse Mountain recorded the most falls from lifts at three, followed by two each at Mount Seymour, Blackcomb, Whistler, and Kimberly Mountain."
This will include all incidents, summer and winter. A lot of the incidents are people falling out of chairs and they try very hard in Canada to enforce the Bar Down until you reach the final pole, they will stop a lift and tell you to place the bar down if you haven't at some resorts.
Of the other 93 incidents, 52 involved falls while loading or unloading from lifts (in some cases the result of mistakes by lift operators), 35 mechanical breakdowns, and six miscellaneous events, which included two ski patrollers at Blackcomb temporarily left on the lifts after they’d been shut down for the day.
The only level-one incident among the 52 falls occurred on Jan. 17 at Silver Star Mountain when a young male snowboarder failed to unload. His helmet caught on the chair seat and he remained “suspended by the helmet chin strap until rescued by ski resort personnel.”
So, Whistler is not the top on the safety hit list and they do have legal reporting criteria in Canada that the US resorts don't have to deal with.