Actually, what should also be included in the list above is the sport snowboarding - it has a suprisingly high fatality rate.

Living in a town close to the Snowy Mountains, a high proportion of the population ski or snowboard. Just last week, a friend came back to school with a bruised rib.

But when you think about it, it's not surprising. Do you think going to the top of a mountain, strapping a heavy piece of wood to your feet and jumping off, trying your best not to hit trees and land safely off massive cliffs with only your feet as a steering mechanism particularly safe?

I thought not. Snowboarding is dangerous.