Ski Racing Safety

Kelly was injured in 2006 after striking an unprotected lift tower in a FIS-sanctioned race. Since then, Kelly and the Kelly Brush Foundation have been committed to preventing any more injuries like hers.

We believe that the sport can eliminate serious injuries caused by striking stationary objects . The equipment and expertise exists. The only question is the whether stakeholders commit to that goal. We’re here to help.

We provide safety equipment grants, advocate for safety awareness, and educate on proper safety practices. Since 2006 we’ve helped purchase thousands of rolls of b-net in every ski state in the US.

Kelly’s injury immediately sparked a debate and a heightened awareness of safety. We’re here to continue that conversation and educate new generations of coaches, officials, and racers about the importance of safety.

We provide grants to help ski clubs purchase safety equipment. Over the past decade, the Kelly Brush Foundation has purchased thousands of rolls of b-netting, supported trail widening projects, and helped with the purchase of other safety equipment. 

Next Cycle: Summer 2018

Our grants are all matching grants–meaning that any grant awarded by the Kelly Brush Foundation will need to be matched by the ski club. We expect that clubs will join us in making safety a priority by fundraising or finding room in their budget for safety.

In order to qualify for a grant, an applicant must:

  • Be located in the United States
  • Provide proof of homologation of their main race trail
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Answer all application questions thoroughly, legibly and thoughtfully

Have questions? Please contact Zeke Davisson.

Since Kelly’s injury in 2006, we have begun every ski season sending a Ski Racing Safety Poster to every US Ski & Snowboard member ski club. Included in the mailing is a letter from Kelly reinforcing the importance of safety and b-net installation guides provided by manufacturers.

We have also partnered with the Killington World Cup to bring the message of safety to the largest American audience in our sport. In addition to supporting their efforts to provide a world-class venue for the World Cup, they have helped us spread the message about the importance of a focus on safety.

Download PDFs of past Ski Racing Safety Posters here:

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The Kelly Brush Foundation works closely with US Ski & Snowboard to provide educational opportunities and safety materials to officials, coaches, volunteers, parents and racers.