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Vail skier bridge dangerous

Chris Mech
Vail, CO, Colorado

This letter goes out to the Vail Resorts Risk Management Department: The biggest bottleneck on Vail Mountain is the Lionshead skier bridge.

Your new bridge is pretty, but it’s even worse than the old in terms of potential danger.

The exposed vertical steel I-beams along the sides are a real danger in this congested area.

You put padding on lift towers, snowmaking equipment, etc., yet you leave these sharp steel protrusions adjacent to the Disneyesque masses who converge, with wildly varying speeds and abilities, into the funnel of the bridge.

Seems to me that some boards and Plexiglas, like those of a hockey rink, would effectively eliminate the risk of a face-beam encounter, which will inevitably otherwise occur.

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As a public service, I submit this suggestion despite my fear that people will think I ski over in Lionshead!

Thanks for listening.

Chris Mech


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