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Supervising snowsport activities: A reflection upon legislation, policies, guidelines and practice

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This paper explores on-snow supervision in school-based snowsport excursions by investigating snowsport participation and safety data and relevant legislation and policies that form the framework for practice. Snowsports may present a more complex environment for managing of participants than many other outdoor environments and provide a valuable point of reflection for the management of other outdoor activities where students may be participating without direct supervision.

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Correspondence to Tracey J. Dickson.

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Tracey J Dickson is an Associate Professor in Tourism and Events at the University of Canberra where her ongoing research interests in snowsport tourism and safety, and risk management have been guided by her years working and playing in the outdoors which has included achieving instructor qualifications in Nordic, telemark (APSI) and alpine (CSIA) skiing.

Anne Terwiel is a lecturer in sport events, tourism and resort management at Thomson Rivers University, Kamloops Canada and has more than 30 years experience as a snowsport instructor (CSIA) and coach (CSCF).

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Dickson, T.J., Terwiel, F.A. Supervising snowsport activities: A reflection upon legislation, policies, guidelines and practice. Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education 16, 24–41 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03400943

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Keywords

  • Supervision
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • risk management
  • injuries