I wear a helmet when I ski in Utah - my friend says noone wear one back east - will i look like a dork?
depends on the helmet. seriously, yes folks do wear helmets. but some don't- they should. Personally, I have been a convert for some years which was only reiterated by the Natasha Richardson tragedy in Mont Tremblant a couple of years ago on a green run. who cares what a bunch of strangers think?
Yes. I wear one. Lots of people do.
Thanks I will be wearing mine then! I love cuz it keeps warm and I barely notice it's on. Plus I heard the east is icy although snow is forecast on the days I'll be there. The only thing I need to rent is some skis. Guess I'll go for some all mountain pair.
So wearing a helmet is about fashion for some folks and not saving your head when you smack into something unplanned?
As has been mentioned it also keeps your head nice and warm.....and may save your life...and your brains.....so what is there even to think about?
When I ski Killington I see too many 'cool dudes' not wearing one and I delight in telling them on a lift that last year a few cool dudes died...but hey they looked cool as they careered into the trees etc......
Any helmet can save your life.......and why in the whole of the US they are not compulsory is beyond me...but hey New Hampshire doesn't even make seat belts compulsory! You do need to know I originally come civilised Europe.....
Many, many skiers wear helmets and I agree they should be compulsory. Please skiers, wear your helmets!! I used to teach skiing at Whiteface and I saw many close calls. I witnessed in another ski area a brain splattered on a white snow. BTW, there are still many states not requiring helmets for motorcycles.
I board and style is important to me, but so is my safety. I wear a helmet that I think looks pretty wild, but it also will protect my head. I want to be able to continue snowboarding, not injure myself when Im able to have something help protect me.
Stowe was treacherous! I was very glad I brought my helmet!
My friend fell and his binding didn't release. He tore his ACL and MCL. He didn't have a helmet but he will next time.
If you are above an intermediate or so helmets are useless. Many people with helmets have died skiing this year when they hit a tree. They also give a false sense of security which may even increase your risk. Here is my proof.....
the key point is "Although a helmet that meets this specification will help reduce the risk of some types of injuries to the head at slower speeds, the protection is limited." Thus, the false sense of security ski helmets provide which makes you think you can ski faster and still be safe more than negates any benefit they provide other than keeping your head warm.
ASTM F2040 is the most common snow helmet certification. This U.S.-based standard covers nonmotorized recreational snow sports including skiing and snowboarding. All snow helmets sold at REI meet this certification. Look for the ASTM sticker on the inside of the helmet to ensure its certification.
CE EN1077 is a European certification for alpine skiing and snowboarding helmets. Some helmets are certified to both ASTM and CE EN standards, though one could conceivably meet the CE EN standard but not the ASTM standard. Currently, a few snow helmets sold at REI have both endorsements.
Which certification is superior? The ASTM and CE EN standards are different and not directly related to each other. Some claim the CE EN standard is tougher, but as Dan Gilbert from REI's snowsports product team points out, it's really not that objective of a comparison. "The biggest difference is sharp object intrusion," Dan notes. "CE testing drops a pointed metal spike on the helmet."
The Snell safety standard is rarely pursued these days by snow-helmet manufacturers and, unfortunately, is no longer much of a factor in this category.
I have never met anyone who felt they could ski faster due to their helmet.... unless it also covered their butt.