The company that operates Whistler Blackcomb is making helmets mandatory — and complementary — for all teens and children taking ski and snowboard lessons.
The move comes six months after actress Natasha Richardson died following a fall at Mont Tremblant near Montreal.
Intrawest announced Thursday it’ll also recommend that adults wear helmets.
“We believe that we need to offer a higher duty of care, and requiring helmets is the next step in that process,” said Dave Brownlie, chief operating officer at Whistler Blackcomb.
However, in snow park, helmets will be a general requirement for people of all ages.
“This is the first step, and we do believe adults are responsible for their own safety,” Brownlie said. “We recommend they use helmets, but we let them make that choice.”