Death on the Alps Fuels Safety Debate

Helmet Probably Saved Althaus

Responsibility appears to be a key issue worldwide. Norbert Hoeflacher of the German Federation of Skiing told ABC that it's "unnecessary to make a law. With more safety campaigns and information available to the public, and with some ski resorts already giving away free helmets, we should reach 100 percent without a law."

As for the fateful day of Jan. 1, experts believe that although the two parties were skiing at about 30 miles per hour, wearing a helmet played a huge part in keeping Althaus alive.

The U.S. National Ski Areas Association says, however, that the testing standard on helmets in the United States is limited to 14 mph, stirring further debate about their effectiveness.

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