Your Responsibility Code
National Ski Patrol - These guys work hard
| Read this
from the Mayo clinic before you go skiing
The Mayo's advice for beginning snowboarding
- the focus is on legal aspects of ski safety (Rusty is not found of skiing
lawsuits, but it's part of the sport and this site is a good resource)
Armor Good tips for wild people - use a full face helmet; wear a
mouth guard, back protector, knee, hip and butt pads; use thumb tape and
shin tape. OK - now all Rusty has to do is find out where you can buy this
is a foam pad approach (good for beginner snowboarders!). Here's a helmet
site for kids! Here's what Consumer Reports has to say about helmet
fit. Beginner snowboarders pay attention! Bohn
has a buttsavr for $40 and other protection garments too. Race-werks
has armor from Dainese for adults and kids. Boeri
helmets are cool. They've got great ads.
a whole section to devoted to armor. Skeletools
has some cool hip pads. Aegix has
some cool integrated clothing (pads integrated into the pants and
jackets). Kjus has impact clothing but
it's not their website. Sessions has
layering with armor in it (look for the layering page and models that
start with D30). Deuter has a combo
pack/hydration with armor in it.
|The December 2000 issue of skiing has a good article on ski
safety. Survey says 22% of reported ski injuries involve knee sprains
(i.e. ACL tears). ACL tears are more likely than broken legs were in 1973.
The risk of ACL tears averages once every 2,100 ski days. Vermont
Ski Safety has the best info on preventing ACL tears and a cool video.
Ski boarders have an extremely low rate of ACL tears, but are at as much
risk of a broken leg as skiers were in 1973. 0.26 out of 100,000
people die while skiing each year Based on participation, riding in a car
is 34 times more likely to cause death. Hunting is about as dangerous as
skiing. Swimming is slightly more dangerous. Here's a website devoted to
and snowboarding injuries.
|Heading to Steamboat? You've got to try out
the winter driving school there.
Rusty recommends the 1/2 day course ($155). It's a hoot!
from the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Canadian helmet study concludes helmet use reduces risk of head injury
|Going backcountry. Cell phones reach into some of the
backcountry, but a personal locater
beacon can get help from anywhere on the planet.
Center - check out the incident reports!
|Avalanche.org has links to all North
American avalanche centers, web cams and other avalanche info.
|The US Forest Service runs an avalanche
site that has an interactive tour and some basic info.
|Take the Whitewater avalanche
awareness and Alpine safety
are groups dedicated to educating young people in mountain towns about
avalanche risks. There's not much info on these sites, except for how to
donate. They are focused on teaching kids in person.
|These links have avalanche forecast reports and
other avalanche info...
Utah Avalanche Forecast Center (see links for avalanche education classes). Colorado
Information Center has Colorado forecasts and reports. Canadian
Avalanche Association - great Canadian info. European
avalanche info is great if you know the local languages (reports only).
Crested Butte Avalanche Center.
Shasta Avalanche Center. Sierra
Montana Avalanche Center
|Nova TV program.
|Avalanche training info: Alpine
skills has a lot of classes.
| Have you heard about the "Ava
Lung". It's a device that vents your breath behind you in order to
minimize the amount of CO2 you rebreath when you are buried under snow. If you're buried in an avalanche, it
lets you breath for up to an hour (if you're still breathing). The stats
page is gone but they have a cool flash thingy. (STP has
the original Avalung on sale for $60!) REI has them for $200 - $285.
New for 2001 is the Avalung 2. For about $100, it's like a snorkel.
Another new device is ABS Escape.
This is an airbag system that floats you to the top of the avalanche and
helps to prevent burial. Klondike
Heliskiing in Atlin/BC is the only heliski company which uses the ABS
and offers it to their clients free of charge.
| A survival
tale from a ski patroller. Heed the lessons learned. Some stuff to think
about the next time you go back country. Mountainzone has a good story
about avalanche awareness.
is a Euro site with some great avalanche safety info.
| Recco has
an alternative avalanche location technology based on low cost reflectors
built in to common ski clothing and equipment (e.g. boots, helmets) and
using radar to detect buried victims. They have some avalanche
safety info on their site.