Aspen Skiing Co. Toughens Employee Helmet Policy

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – This ski season, Aspen Skiing Co. will begin requiring employees to wear helmets when they’re on duty and clicked in to their skis or snowboards.

The company said Wednesday that employees will receive a free helmet if they don’t have one already.

In 2002, Aspen Skiing Co. started requiring children in ski school classes to wear helmets. Last season, several employees who were seen as influencers were required to wear them, including instructors teaching someone who was required to wear a helmet.

Aspen Skiing Co. estimates more than 80 percent of its guests and employees already wear helmets. The company operates Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

Vail Resorts Inc. also requires helmets for employees who ride on the job.

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