Helping to keep skiers safe

KILLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Kelly Brush Foundation and Powdr Corp donated $80,000 to provide new safety measures at Killington Mountain.

There is one major change to Superstar from last year -- added safety netting on either side of the course.

The Kelly Brush Foundation had a major role in making this happen. The Vermont based non-profit, along with Killington's parent company, Powdr Corp. donated $80,000 towards the installation of on-hill safety equipment.

The investment will extend to all athletes who race and train at Killington. The Kelly Brush Foundation has awarded over 20 miles of netting to programs around the country seeking to improve on-hill safety. Kelly Brush-Davisson suffered a spinal cord injury in 2006 while competing for Middlebury College.

"One of the reasons we really wanted to get involved in the World Cup is because we want to have this as a model of safety. So that everyone who comes here and looks at the hill and says, that's what a safe venue looks like. That's what we need to do at our home mountain," said Kelly Brush-Davisson. "It means a lot to me personally, to look and see and say look how safe that is. Everybody racing, they're not going to worry about safety, because they're going to be protected."

The Foundation is auctioning off gear autographed by Mikaela Shiffrin.