Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) is extending its mandatory helmet policy to include employees of its four mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. The new policy, which will go into effect at the beginning of this season, requires all on duty employees wear a helmet while “clicked-in” to their skis or snowboard.
To those familiar with ASC, the new rule comes as no surprise. In March 2002, the Ski Co. raised the safety standards in its ski school when it mandated all participants under 13 years of age wear a helmet. Last year, ASC broadened its policy to include those employees who were seen as “influencers.”
Helmet use by guests and employees at Aspen/Snowmass is currently over 80 percent, well above the national average, and has been proven to significantly reduce both severity and frequency of head injuries.
“The safety of our employees and our guests is our top priority,” said Mike Kaplan, President and CEO. “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.”
All employees who are required to wear a helmet as part of this policy will be provided a helmet at no charge if they do not already have a suitable helmet.