What Happened to the California Ski and Snowboard Safety Organization (CSSSO)?
CSSSO was incorporated in 2007 as a non profit social welfare organization with a mission to inform the public about sski area safety safety and to advocate for safety improvement, primarily through public policy and mountain safety research and public education. It has an IRS 501C(4) tax exempt non profit status and sponsored legislation in California from 2010 through 2014 ( History of California SnowSport Safety Legislation ). The SnowSport Safety Foundation (SSF) was incorporated in 2008 as a non profit education and research organization with a 501 C(3) non profit charitable tax status and an overlapping mission with CSSSO limited to safety improvement through research and education. SSF’s IRS tax exempt status makes it eligible for tax deductible contributions.
From 2010 to 2014 CSSSO sponsored and lobbied for several ski area safety transparency bills in both the California Assembly and the Senate. Those bills were authored by prominent and well respected legislators, including Assemblyman Dave Jones (current California Insurance Commissioner) and Senator William Monning from Monterey County. Despite vigorous opposition by the California Ski Industry Association, modified versions of two of those bills were passed by both the Senate and the Assembly but were subsequently vetoed by Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown.
CSSSO currently has no intent to sponsor any further legislation in California in the foreseeable future. Given the overlap of its research and public education mission with SSF, it has decided to become temporarily inactive. It has linked its web address (www.calskisafety.org) with the SSF website. In addition to sponsoring legislation, in 2012, it also published a Family Safety Report Card which received considerable investigative news media attention and in 2014, and a white paper making the case for resort safety transparency legislation.