3 Aug 2011

Ski field injuries lead to hundreds of ACC claims

7:16 pm on 3 August 2011

More than 100 people are being injured on New Zealand ski fields each day and more than 13,000 claims were lodged with ACC last year.

The figures have prompted ACC to launch an education campaign aimed at skiers and snowboarders to try to reduce the injury rate.

Though most incidents involve injuries from minor sprains and bruising to fractures and dislocation, there have been deaths.

Snowboarders are most likely to suffer a wrist injury, but skiers accounted for the biggest group making claims, with more than 7500 people hurt.

Injuries from the Otago ski fields make up the bulk of ACC claims, followed by the central North Island, then Canterbury.

ACC wants to teach snow sports enthusiasts to warm up before the first run of the day and says it is imperative that skiers and snowboarders are fit and in peak condition.