Utah Ski Resorts Report Above-Average Snowpack

All across the state of Utah, above average snowpack is being reported! 2020 is shaping up to be a great year for visitors to our Utah Ski Resorts!

The most drastic increases have been seen in southern western Utah where they saw 232% of average snowpack. These reports come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. The only exception this year is Raft River in Northwestern Utah near the Idaho border, where only 87% of normal snowpack was reported.

For our skiiers and snowboarders from UtahState.com this is great news! Our travel agents Diana and Michelle were recently at Snowbird Ski Resort and reported seeing great skiing conditions! If you haven’t booked your Ski Bum package yet, now is the time to do so! Call our friendly travel specialists at 801-544-1800 or toll free at (800) 754-4136.

 Snowbird 2019 staff photo

Helmets On, Good Sense Still Required

We love welcoming skiers and snowboarders to the slopes in Utah, the home of ‘the greatest snow on earth’ and the 2002 Winter Olympics. Here at UtahState.com we encourage our clients to incorporate safe practices while on the slopes, including wearing a helmet. However, a new study coming from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center shows that skiers and snowboarders might be willing to take higher risks after donning their helmets.

The Study

Published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the researchers looked at a group of 721 patients treated for ski injuries in at DHMC from 2010-2018. The study was led by surgeons Eleah Porter, MD, and Andrew Crockett, MD.

Results

Overall, sixty-five percent of the patients where wearing helmets. While these patients were less likely to have skull fractures, lacerations or cervical spine injuries, they were more prone to  intracranial hemorrhage – or ‘head bleed’ – as well as other severe injuries. The cause of these severe injuries were most commonly the result of hitting a stationary object.

While not conclusive, the authors of the study speculated that the injuries could have behavioral roots. Such as skiers taking more risks while wearing helmets, under the belief that they are protected from serious injury. The authors also cautioned the public and Ski Patrol members against assuming those wearing helmets don’t need to be evaluated or referred to a trauma center.

Be safe out there on the slopes! In the case of injury, be sure to seek proper medical attention.

 

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See the full study here