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As the winter sports season gets underway in Europe and North America, it’s a good time to be reminded of the elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

Every year in the United States alone, an average of 39 people lose their lives on the slopes as a result of accident in skiing and snowboarding, according to the most recent report from the National Ski Areas Association. The U.S. 10-year average for catastrophic injuries — including forms of paralysis, broken necks or broken backs, and life-altering severe head injuries — is 50 injuries per season.

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Jayleen R. Heft

Jayleen Heft is the digital content editor for PropertyCasualty360.com. Contact her at [email protected]

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