Today, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was cited by the Wyoming Department of Employment for "not ensuring the use of head protection to help prevent or reduce the severity of head injuries" in the death last spring of ski patroller Kathryn Miller.
Kathryn and another patroller were skiing Spacewalk Couloir, just outside the Rendezvous Bowl boundary ropes when she fell, cartwheeled, and struck the rocks on the side of the couloir. She died shortly thereafter of head injuries. She and the other patroller were on duty and doing an out-of-bounds area check at the time. I didn't know Kathryn other than to say "hi" on the mountain but by all accounts she was a wonderful person and an outstanding skier. Her death hit our ski patrol very hard.
So with all due respect to Kathryn's memory, this decision by the Wyoming Department of Employment is idiotic. The Employment Department cited the mountain resort EVEN THOUGH at the time there was no mandatory employee helmet policy at any ski resort anywhere in the United States.
The ski corporation is appealing.
Here's a link to the article: http://www.jhguide.com/article.php?art_id=4854
I predict a mandatory helmet in my future.