Two key factors play an important role in reducing ski-related injuries. First, how skiers conduct themselves on the ski slopes, and second, the vastly improved technology that has helped reduce ski injuries by 50 percent since the early 1970s.

Ski equipment and how areas prepare their slopes with snowmaking and grooming has been instrumental in dropping ski injury rates from six per 1,000 skier visits to 2.5-3 per 1,000 skier visits. Also, the stereotypical picture of a skier with a cast on a leg should be retired. Lower leg fractures are now 89 percent less likely to occur than they were 15 years ago.