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AP Wiresrvice,

24, June 2007

Dateline: Tokoyo, Japan

Whistle Helmets?

At the summer meeting of the Japanese Ski Resorts, Mangagement is discussing

the mandatory use of Helmets by both Skiers and Snowboarders. Included will

be a built in Whistle that will activate once a Skier or Snowboarder exceeds

35 KPH or about 22 MPH. This is in reaction to the increase in injuries dur-

ing the 2006-2007 season.

Kyo Takahara, the spokesman for the Ski Industry, was quoted as saying, "There

has been a takeover of some ski slopes by an undesirable element that has no

concern for others, and we are taking steps to prevent injuries to innocent

people." Mr. Takahara explained that the helmets were to protect against a

rash of head injuries, and the whistle will alert downhill skiers to impending

danger.

After Mr. Takahara was through speaking there was a very vocal group that re-

presents the Snowboard Industry that had to be removed. The Snowboard group

later told the press that Japanese youth would not stand for it, and they would

call for a boycott on any resort that implemented the helmet regulations.

They said that they would implement low cost trips to Western Canada to combat

the rule, and that they were already in negotiations with several hotels in

Whistler, BC Canada, for a buyout to service strictly a Japanese clientele.

The Snowboard group (SBOJ) said that there was a leak from the Ski Resort man-

agement about 2 months ago, and SBOJ said they started laying plans to combat

the regulation even before it was publicly announced. Financing for the plan

was already in place.

This will be an interesting story to watch in the days to come. The Japanese

youth have become a power player in the Recreational Marketplace. The "Brown-

heads" (youth that have peroxided their hair turning it brown), are much sim-

ilar to the counter culture youth that have raised so much havoc in England

and the United States. We have seen the impact that they have had in their

respective countries, and can't help but wonder how this will play out.

S. Jeffries

AP Tokoyo

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The "Brown-

heads" (youth that have peroxided their hair turning it brown), are much sim-

ilar to the counter culture youth that have raised so much havoc in England

and the United States.

"rasied so much havoc"

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

:angryfire"Y'all brown-heads get off of my lawn, Confarnit!":angryfire

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Guess the whistles would be like the deer whistles we have on cars in Western Canada ... to let the "deer" know you're coming. Either that, or some sort of "death from above!" And it still doesn't stop the moron below you turning right into your line...

Can you imagine this on a holiday weekend in the US or Canada? The noise would be horrendous!

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Along the lines of horrendous noise on weekends; Beaver Creek's excellent grooming always came at the cost; the relentless,piercing sound of big city sirens blasting all day as the fleet would groom during business hours.I never was quite sure if it was worth it but the New Yorkers always seemed to feel right at home...

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