Originally Posted by epic
Our resort has many, many lawyers. According to them if you insist on a helmet it is like you are guaranteeing that it will protect the wearer and will actually open you to more liability. This is why we cannot insist on helmets even for kids.
Same with our Resort. They got sued a while back when an elderly, very good skier hit a mound of snow that had been made for a terrain park runout. It was very flat light and unmarked. The lady won her case that it should have been marked as it was in a high traffic area. She ended up with enough to retire happily on. Here's the flip side, The Resort's theory was that if obstacles were marked it would be admitting that they were a hazzard and hazzards shouldn't be in skiable areas. So, since the lawsuit, things are marked which also caused them to lose another lawsuit. the arguement was, by marking obstacles in traffic areas, they are admitting that hazzards do exist. Collision with known obstacles, end of case. The Resort looses again. and we wonder why a lift ticket costs so much huh?
Canada is a different country though. Their civil laws and rules are different as well. I have been to Whistler a few times. There they have rules about terrain park s and mandatory use of helmets. You also must purchase in advance a pass that certifies your abilities to use their terrain parks. along with it, it realeases them of liability for injury and negligence.
Here in western NY, by numbers, it's the Canadians who mostly don't wear helmets. I remember being the first on on our Patrol to wear a helmet. I was scoffed at for years and called "helmet head by a few of the Canadian patrollers. To this day, those guys still won't wear one. I was working at a ski shop at the time and actually instituted a helmet at cost program for the patrol as well as the Safety patrol. It was frowned on at first by the owners of the Resort as setting an example that skiing is dangerous activity. It took two years to get an ok for the program. Then only a few took advantage of it. I always wore my helmet while on Patrol. When you ski 100 days a year, something is bound to happen. For me, it was warmer than any hat and more than once saved me from lift bars, poles and tree branches as well as a few boarders elbows.
I haven't worn it at all this year. Maybe I should, I don't know. I just don't want to have to wear one or have it forced on me.