<I>(Note from the Administrator: This message was originally posted on 12/30/99. Due to our move to new servers, the date and time attributed to this post is incorrect.)</I> <BR> <BR>It seems at least twice a week now when looking at the "Whats New" section on First Tracks I always read about someone being killed. It seems most of these accidents are caused by the skier hitting a rock or tree or going off piste and being buried in an avalanch. My point is most of these accidents are caused by the skier themselves with a few exceptions. I also have read that Colorado resorts are cutting down on out of control skiers. I can see how these 2 problems go hand in hand, skiers out of control will hit rocks, trees ect. But is the removing of skiers off the slopes a solution that is working to save lives? Is there any evidence? Another topic that interests me is the helmet issue, anyone heard any talk on making it a requirement in years to come and what are your thoughts? <BR>-Peter Dewar, Anderson IN <BR>"Once a Canadian, Always a Canadian!"