Find out which Tahoe ski resorts are the safest

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 (Photo courtesy Mt. Rose Ski)

Most of the Tahoe-area ski resorts received poor safety grades in the SnowSport Safety Foundation's latest safety rankings, based on findings from the 2015-2016 season.

Of the 15 large California resorts included in the survey, Kirkwood, Dodge Ridge and Sugar Bowl ranked first, second and third, respectively.

Boreal, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Northstar were among the least safe ski areas.

Bear Valley, Heavenly, Mammoth, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley found themselves in the middle of the pack.

SnowSport Safety Foundation takes into account trail design, maintenance and impact protection devices such as padding on snowmaking equipment and chairlift towers.

President and Founder Daniel Gregorie said the vast majority of resorts surveyed ranked poorly.

"The resorts have taken the positions for a long time that safety is really the responsibility of the skier," Gregorie said. "They pretty much rely on their ski patrollers to determine what they want to mark or not mark .... or where they fence or don't fence."

Gregorie said the foundation first surveyed resort safety in 2010 and followed up with the 2015-2016 report, but that they aspire to survey the resorts every three years in the future.

The foundation will survey Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and two other Nevada resorts this ski season along with a few more California resorts they were unable to survey last season.

To read the full report, including why the foundation ranked certain resorts higher or lower than others, click here.

Two people have already died in the Sierra this season from skiing-related accidents.

A skier died at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe last Saturday after being caught up in an avalanche and a ski instructor died last Sunday at Northstar.


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