March 13, 2002
Skiers and boarders of all ages will agree that they try to emulate ski instructors and ski patrollers, particularly as far as equipment and style of ski clothes is concerned. They are clearly the role models and style setters on the mountain.
If the Aspen Skiing Co. is really serious about emphasizing skier and boarder safety, it could, as a first step, order the instructors and members of the ski patrol to wear helmets as part of their uniform.
This is completely in the Skiing Company’s power and would not infringe on the rights of the visitors. I am confident that, should the Skiing Company mandate their employees to wear helmets when on the mountain, most visitors would quickly do the same.
It would also demonstrate in the form of action rather than pronouncements the Skiing Company’s serious commitment to improving mountain safety.
Harry J. Benton