Vail Resorts Inc. says it will require all on-duty employees and children 12 and under in ski-school lessons to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding next season.
Broomfield-based Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN) operates the Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone and Beaver Creek winter resorts and Heavenly at Lake Tahoe, Nevada-California.
In a statement Monday, the company said its on-slope employees will be issued a helmet as part of their uniform.
In addition to children enrolled in group lessons, helmets will be a required part of the ski or snowboard rental packages for children 12 and under next season unless a parent signs a waiver.
Vail Resorts said it is imposing the helmet rules for safety reasons.
“We firmly believe when children are participating in our ski and ride school programs that we must provide them with the proper equipment that promotes enjoyment of the sport while also reducing the possibility of injury,” Blaise Carrig, co-president of Vail Resorts’ Mountain Division, said in a statement.
“Even though we will now require children in our ski and ride schools to wear helmets and make them a mandatory part of every child’s rental package, we strongly recommend the use of helmets for all of our guests, regardless of their age or ability level,” Carrig said.
And good for them. I won’t let Jake, Jackson or Jarrett ski without a helmet. If you start wearing a helmet, you get used to it and it becomes a part of your equipment that you cannot go without. Mine is comfortable and warm, plus has built in earphones and a port for my Motorola radio.