This is probably the wrong Forum for this subject, but I am raising it here because it was continuously discussed while I was in Zermatt, among among the ski instructors and local business people who are friends. The subject is the extraordinary increase in deaths and critical injuries on the pistes. I am not talking about a blown knee or broken shoulder, but rather the kind of injuries suffered in a car crash.
People are crashing and colliding at high speed and paying a deadly price. Here are the thoughts as to the causation:
Short skis make it easier to learn to ski, and people are on the pistes and moving fast before taking proper lessons and learning control.
Everyone is skiing faster.
Carving skiers are flying at high speed using all of the piste--a crash is deadly.
Helmets are providing a false sense of security and encourage risk. Two skiers wearing them died in crashes.
Slow skiing signs are universally ignored and people are even doing high speed hockey stops at lift lines.
Strict patrols of the kind we have in the US and Canada are unheard of. Perhaps not for long.
There is too much drinking. A 22 year old instructor crashed and died skiing drunk down an easy piste while giving his girlfriend a piggy back ride. Enough said.
Then, as usual, someone died skiing off piste without a guide. There is no cure for that.
This is food for thought. Any opinions?