Here’s a rundown of the helmet policies of some major US ski resorts. In Park City, skiers and snowboarders under 18 must wear helmets while taking lessons.
At all Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, and Northstar-at-Tahoe), kids under 12 are required to wear helmets if they’re in ski school. The company also automatically includes helmets in rental packages for children under 12 unless parents sign a waiver to decline. And all Vail Resorts employees must wear helmets when skiing or riding on the job.
Intrawest – which runs Tremblant, Whistler Blackcomb, Copper, Steamboat and other resorts – recommends all skiers and snowboarders wear helmets. Also, children enrolled in ski school and those who use the freestyle terrain park must wear helmets. Lastly, Intrawest employees must wear helmets when teaching classes and whenever skiing or boarding on duty. At Solitude in Utah, management lets customers decide whether or not to use helmets. And finally, helmets are required for kids under 12 in ski schools at California’s Mammoth Mountain. So, overall, this is good news for those of us who believe in using helmets. The trend is our friend!
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Intrawest will recommend that all skiers and snowboarders visiting its resorts wear helmets and there will be mandatory helmet requirements for all children and youth participants in Ski and Snowboard School Programs as well as all students participating in freestyle terrain park programs regardless of their age. Going forward Intrawest will place an increased focus on using website images and advertising visuals that feature skiers and snowboarders wearing helmets and Intrawest will introduce new graphic standards that require all of its ski resorts to feature helmets predominantly.