California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization turns out to be a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

The California Assembly Judicial committee is looking into ski safety issues as a result of the actions of Dr. Dan Gregorie and the California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization (CSSSO). See my comments about the CSSSO at “Grieving Father starts organization to make skiing safer.”

What is interesting is the “change in attitude” of Dr. Gregorie. In prior interviews including the ones I based my earlier article on Dr. Gregorie and his organization were focusing on keeping skiers safe. Now however there seems to be a revenge motive involved. Dr. Gregorie is quoted as saying. “It’s time something is done to hold ski resorts more accountable and make uniform signage, adequate barriers and proper traffic and speed management part of everyday safety practices.” He has morphed from signage to lawsuits. Along with t a desire to hold ski resorts more accountable, which appears to translate into easier to sue, Dr. Gregorie is attempting to remove personal responsibility from skiers and boarders and place it on the ski areas. “proper traffic and speed management.”

The tenure of the entire direction of the CSSSO has changed as evidenced by these statements in the article:

With the Legislature’s help, we can save many lives and unnecessary tears in the future.”
Injuries and deaths on ski slopes are viewed as inherent risk of the sport under the basic tenet of ski law. This inherent risk doctrine shields ski resorts from liability associated with ski and snowboard deaths and injuries regardless of fault.

My original article quotes the purpose of the organization from its website which says nothing about changing the legal issues involved in the California Ski Industry. Yet this now seems to be the intended purpose of the organization.

Another article quotes Dr. Gregorie as saying “It’s time something is done to hold ski resorts more accountable and make uniform signage, adequate barriers and proper traffic and speed management part of everyday safety practices.” See Advocates Urge California Legislature to Make Ski Resorts Safer Assembly Judiciary Committee Hears Harrowing Accounts of Preventable Deaths and Injuries on California Ski Slopes. This article is supposedly written by CSSSO.

Another person interviewed for the article stated the trees and rocks needed padding.

In researching this article I discovered some very interesting comments about it. The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa California in writing about the CSSSO stated in an article “The steady number of serious injuries is prompting programs at ski resorts to increase awareness of risks in the backcountry” that fatalities were caused by “head meets tree.” Although this has been widely reported, there is no research that supports this allegation. If a skier or boarder hits a tree fast enough to cause a head injury, the cause of death is usually a torn aorta. The major blood vessel leaving the heart has very little protection and tears. Yet people and reporters continually report fatal collisions with trees as being caused by head injuries. The comment could be a comment about avalanche deaths, it is hard to understand. I posted a comment asking for support for their statement. However the comments are moderated. A week later my comment was posted but I never got a response..

I understand the issues and anger of losing a loved one. I understand and write about dealing with those issues. I understand the Ski Resorts do not do a good job of dealing with the surviving loved ones and with communicating to the public. However those are not the issues here.

The issue here is there is a non-profit organization that has presented itself to the public and probably the IRS as wanting to promote safety which in actuality wants to promote litigation. If you gave money to CSSSO based on their website, can you get a refund now that the true purpose of the organization has come out?


One Comment on “California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization turns out to be a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

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