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How safe are California ski areas?

Updated: January 19, 2011, 3:23 PM ET
By Megan Michelson | ESPN Action Sports

Ski resorts have seen a high number of inbounds fatalities this winter season and headlines about recent ski accidents -- including a chairlift derailment at Sugarloaf, two tree well deaths at Whitefish, and an inbounds avalanche at Fernie -- have skiers and snowboarders more concerned with safety than perhaps ever before.

This week is the National Ski Areas Association's National Safety Awareness Week, and on Tuesday, the SnowSports Safety Foundation, a California-based ...

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