As Whistler prepares for a busy summer following a record-breaking winter season, some are nervous about what that bump in numbers could mean for the village’s emergency room.
Tiffany Akins with Vancouver Coastal health says Whistler saw 58% of B.C.’s worst mountain biking accidents in 2015.
“Last season, 100 mountain bikers needed major emergency surgery.”
“We see mountain bike riders in our emergency rooms every day during the season. Broken bones, concussions, internal bleeding, organ damage, and head and spine injuries.”
Bookings at local hotels for the summer months are already quickly outpacing last year’s numbers.
Now, with the slopes expected to be packed with riders, she’s trying to get the message out that bikers need to slow down.
“I know you’ve heard it all before but slow down, the faster you ride the worst your injuries can be.”
Akins explains speed can increase the chances of being hospitalized by almost three times.
She recommends riders take a skills course before going down the mountain.