California passes ski helmet law for minors, resort employees next?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 20, 2010 9:15 am

Sending your kids on a ski trip to Tahoe or Mammoth this winter? Better make sure they bring a helmet.

Under a bill just passed by the California Assembly, parents could face fines of up to $25 if their children aren’t wearing helmets on California’s ski slopes.

As previously reported, the bill headed by Democratic State Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco would require helmets for skiers and snowboarders under 18.

On Thursday, the Assembly adopted SB880 on a 42-20 vote, and returned it to the Senate for a vote on Assembly amendments.

Outfitting minors with helmets may just be the start of new ski safety legislation as another bill, AB1652, led by Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones of Sacramento would not only require children to wear helmets, but also require ski resort employees to adopt them as well. Ski resorts would also be mandated to outline annual safety plans.