A new study in the US has revealed that despite the rapid increase of terrain parks, rider injuries has actually decreased over the past 40 years. Injuries now stand at 2 injuries at every 1000 skier visits whereas in 1960 the figure sat at 8 in every 1000.
The study attributed increased awareness in safety and helmet use as well as advances in equipment as the major factor to the reduction. The statistics slam the argument of many that terrain parks are dangerous. The study will be presented next May at an International Society for Skiing Safety conference at Keystone, Colo.