Today a 17 year old employee of the Raging Buffalo Snowboarding Ski Park in Algonquin, Illinois injured his arm on a lift. Its reported the accident is serious requiring 30 emergency crew members to release the young man whose arm became lodged in the lift. Due to the accident the snowboarding park will be closed on Monday March 3, 2014. The park owners refers to all its employees as family and are asking for prayers for the young man who is not named due to he is under the age of 18.
Whenever, there is a accident at public parks it is often questioned, could this accident have been avoided. Upon review of the national standards of Snow sports, it is stated that the training provided is an agreed upon standard which can be taught in the United States and abroad. While the fact that passing the courses in writing is not particularly enforced, rather the adventure, safety measures may be one worth looking into further.
Level 3 Snow Boarder, Alpine instructor, Level one Noord, Clinician Examiner and Adapter Trainer, Eric Shekleton,Chairman of PSA AND AASI says, “I’ve been in a lot of exams and have not passed them all.” Patrons of the Ragging Buffalo Snowboarding state in reviews of their experience as good to excellent for the most part. But there are a few that really state things as an opportunity for improvement for which they are eagerly hoping for results. For example, a middle ground for beginners to work their way up from the Bunny slopes, spectators not gathering at the bottom of slopes due to possible injury to snow boarders, better communication for schedules training classes, not over booking the parks with fundraisers and regular patrons, better safety measures. The park has lifts and line ropes for the patrons to travel to destinations.
The park held the 2013 USASA competition and has some instructors who give good boarding lessons according to the patrons, so the only issue is management and its willingness to put safety over dollars. The park does have two locations one in Algonquin and another in Cary, Illinois.