Every Aspen Skiing Company employee will have a standard piece of equipment this year. Helmets are mandatory for all employees while on duty, and “clicked in” to their skis or snowboard.
It started back in 2002 when Aspen required helmets for all kids enrolled in ski school classes. Then last year, ASC required helmets for those employees who were seen as influencers. Jeff Hanle with the resort explains who that was, “Last year was all full-time salaried employees and ski school pros teaching classes where helmets were required.”
The company recommends all snowsports participants wear a properly fitted snowsports helmet whenever they are skiing and riding.
“Yes, most employees are already wearing helmets. I can’t speak for everyone, but I have yet to see any decision made in Aspen or anywhere for that matter that met 100 percent approval," Hanle said. "This is the direction the industry is going and we are proud to be out in front of this important safety initiative.”
“The safety of our employees and our guests is our top priority,“ President and CEO Mike Kaplan said. "We began phasing in an employee helmet policy last season and it was well-received. The new helmet policy will take our focus on safety to the next level.”
It is mandatory for instructors to wear a helmet at Aspen/Snowmass. Photo Courtesy Aspen Skiing Company.
If an employee doesn’t have a helmet, they will be provided one at no charge by corporate. The Aspen Skiing Company owns four area mountains: Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.
Click here for more information.