LANSING – Unlike any other state in the nation, Michigan is home to 50 licensed ski areas that operate more than 300 ski lifts ranging from rope tows to high-speed, detachable chairlifts. Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Acting Director Andrew S. Levin reminds Michigan residents to stay safe on the slopes this ski season.
“Skiing safety is a priority,” said Levin. “We set safety standards to ensure that the estimated 2.3 million skiers who hit Michigan slopes each year have a great time and avoid injury. Wearing helmets while skiing or snowboarding and being extremely careful while getting on or off chairlifts is critically important for the safety of both children and adults and for experienced skiers, boarder and tubers as well as beginners. Mishaps around chairlifts account for the majority of ski lift-related injuries we see each year.”