Semana (the People Magazine of South America) interviewed Kev last winter regarding Michael Schumacher's tragic accident and his perspective on ski safety.
The article is in spanish, but Google translate can help non-spanish speakers read along.
¿El esquí es un lujo mortal?
El accidente de Michael Schumacher ha conmocionado al mundo. Sin embargo, no es la primera vez que una desgracia en este deporte y pasatiempo de élite se vuelve noticia. Varias celebridades han sido sus víctimas.
Kevin's quotes within the article
Regarding improved safety with North American ski resorts such as Vail
"In recent years the number of accidents has decreased significantly due to helmet use, the constant maintenance of the trails and improvements ski equipment. But, as in the case of Schumacher, serious accidents occur, in the back country and outside the managed areas of ski resorts. Off-piste areas have not been modified to for safe skiing and can have rocks, trees and dangerous snow conditions," Kevin Foote, a certified ski instructor at Vail Resorts explained to Semana. According to doctors who examined Schumacher, a helmet saved his life despite not even going fast. And therein lies the danger of skiing: a relatively soft hit can become very serious.
Regarding the increase popularity of skiing
Although the news shocked the entertainment world, it did not stop skiing as a favorite sport among celebrities. "Despite the number of celebrity deaths in recent years, the number of people skiing is undiminished. In fact thanks to the Winter Olympics and the efforts of brands like Red Bull, Go Pro and Mountain Dew, the sport has become even more popular, says Foote.