"History is what drives the future," International Ski Federation
(FIS) secretary general Sarah Lewis
told The Associated Press
on Tuesday after the approval was announced.
"So the lessons learned from different crashes in the past are used as the basis to improve the situation in the future."
The system - which entails putting an air bag in the neck area of athletes' back protectors - was developed by Italian manufacturer Dainese in co-ordination with the FIS
It inflates when skiers lose control and are about to crash.
"Dainese has been closely aligned to it but there are other companies out there which are also developing their systems," Lewis
"You want to avoid false positives so it doesn't release when it doesn't need to," Lewis
"On the other side, you don't want the reverse to happen, which is for it not to release when it should."
A similar air bag system has been used in motorcycle racing since 2009.
"There will continue to be injuries but we want to try to work in a way to minimize these and still keep the sport attractive and exciting," Lewis
"(The air bag system) is going to help (avoid) the most serious injuries," Lewis