Snowsport Safety Public Policy Overview

The foundation of the snowsport safety pyramid is public policy. Public policy is generally established through legislation and regulation (or their absence) , and case law (decisions in previous lawsuits with similar facts). Ideally good public policy should represent a balance, between the various interests involved, that supports the greatest possible overall public benefit. It generally sets the parameters, limits and incentives that guide and influence focus and performance at the higher levels of the pyramid.

In automotive transportation, the public policy foundation of the pyramid is strongly weighted in favor of public safety. It is defined by extensive federal and state statutes and regulations as well as the case law that supports them. The laws and regulations set safety standards and requirements for roadway construction and operations, automobile manufacturing, and driving. Case law supports compliance with these laws and regulations by holding municipalities, automobile manufacturers and drivers liable for failure to comply.

In general, the public policy foundation for snow sport safety across the country is strongly weighted in favor of protecting ski area operators from liability costs that could impact the financial viability and success of their business.