CA Senate passes bill requiring helmets on the slopes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 27, 2011 11:41 am

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California state Senate has approved a bill stating that skiers and snowboarders under age 18 are required to wear helmets.

Many republicans opposed the bill and called it another example of “nanny government” which could be to costly to enforce.

Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, says his SB105 is intended to help parents encourage their children to wear helmets. He says it is unlikely that law enforcement officials will patrol ski slopes looking for violators and levying the $25 fine.

Last session, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) signed an identical measure – but vetoed a companion bill that called for ski resorts to develop and publish safety plans.