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    Collision Injuries in Alpine Skiing

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    A controlled study of collision injuries in Hemsedal, Norway, is presented. Accident data for 1982 through 1986 seasons were analyzed. A total of 883 injured skiers and 379 controls were compared for epidemiological data.

    Eighteen percent (n = 158) of the injuries were due to collision. There was a great difference in collision injury rate during the recording time. A peak injury rate of 0.27/1000 skier days in 1984 when a new chairlift doubled the lift capacity without opening any new slopes declined to 0.11/ 1000 skier days in 1986 after making new slopes and widening old ones.

    Beginners and children were more at risk, and 28% of the injured by collision suffered a head injury.

    In conclusion, different degrees of difficulty of the slopes give a better separation between the different skiing-ability groups, and wider slopes reduce relatively the “collision zone” at the tree/ slope border. This results in safer skiing on each slope.


    age, skiing ability, collision injuries, lift capacity, slope capacity, alpine skiing, slope difficulty

    Author Information:

    Lystad, H
    Medical officer of health, Hemsedal Health Center, Hemsedal,

    Committee/Subcommittee: F27.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP19455S