(Closed) skiing with or without a helmet?

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Post # 62
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@becca83:  I have never worn a helmet, but I think it’s a good thing if you do. When we teach our kids to ski, we will have them in helmets I’m sure.

Post # 63
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I board, but always wear one (and to echo pp, mine is SO comfy!). My fi skis and he wears one too. We are both beginner/intermediate (comfy on blues, starting blacks) but the only time he didn’t wear one (first timer), he gave himself a concussion on a green run, so….

 

Where we are (Whistler/Blackcomb is basically our home mtn), definitely more people than not wear them, skiers and boarders. 

 

Have fun!

 

Post # 64
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

With what has been in the news right now – I’d wear a helmet. I read a news article saying that Michael Schumacher would not be alive right now if he wasn’t wearing one. As it is, he’s still touch and go.

I see a few concussions in my job (sports trainer) and it’s definitely something you want to avoid.

Post # 65
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Blushing bee

I have been skiing for close to 30 years… for the first 25 or so, I never wore a helmet.  Now, I will never ski again without one.  So important for safety and they keep you warmer than hats.  Everyone that I ski with also wears a helmet.

Post # 66
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lifetime skier here.

Helmets have always been popular with kids (our kids wore one)

They are catching on with Adult NEW Skiers… and I think that is a good thing.

I am forever saddened by the death of Actress Natasha Richardson (wife of Liam Neeson) who was a newcomer to skiing and now my heart goes out for Michael Schumacher who was evidently a decent skier but who strayed off course… and is fighting for his life in a Hospital in the French Alps.

So ya… I don’t think they are a bad thing.

Would I personally wear one… debateable.  Like many gadgets that become acceptable for newcomers it always takes awhile for those already in a sport to adapt / accept

 

Post # 67
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Traumatic brain injury is way more “uncool” than a helmet. I figure if Olympic athletes wear them and are the best in the world,  I should too. And just because some is a good skier or boarder doesn’t keep someone else from wrecking and taking them down too. Wear thehelmet. 

Post # 68
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@becca83: I’ve only been skiing once and didn’t wear a helmet. Considering what’s recently happened to Michael Schumacher and a few years ago Natasha Richardson, I think it would be hard not to wear a helmet.

Post # 69
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have always worn a helmet when skiing, I pretty much advocate wearing a helmet whenever vaguely appropriate. Even if I’m only cycling 5 minutes, I wear my helment. Hopping on the horse, even just over to the field, I wear my helmet. Moving at a fair speed down a ski slope, yeah, I’m going to be wearing a helmet.

Better safe than sorry, plus it does keep your head warm!

Post # 70
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m a boarder, so I always wear a helmet. I’ve been thankful for it quite a few times! Once, my friend took a fall that snapped part of her helmet, imagine what that would have done to her head. It’s like wearing a seatbelt to me!

Post # 71
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d have scoffed at wearing a helmet in my youth, but after the accident where seven time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher crashed a few days ago and is currently in a coma? I think I might reconsider.

That man was involved in a sport that’s as dangerous as heck and then taken out by a skiing accident? Yea, that got my attention.

Post # 72
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have been skiing my whole life and I wear a helmet. I personally think it’s just dumb NOT to wear one, espcially in a sport where deadly head injuries are common. No matter your skill level, it’s impossible to 100% avoid an accident, because other skiiers/boarders are unpredictable. 

ETA: It’s not skiing obviously, but I was thrown from a horse when I was 8. I would have absolutely died had I not been wearing my helmet – so… I think they’re pretty dang important. 

Post # 73
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@becca83:  I’ve worn a ski helmet since forever… my whole family wears helmets when they ski. We’re also all expert level skiers, with a racing background.    I feel a LOT safer when I ski with one on…and it keeps my head warmer.  Also my helmet is awesomesauce and gets compliments wherever I go.   🙂  

 

However, on the flip side, my DH does not wear a helmet and says he doesn’t like them.  He didn’t grow up with one and doesn’t like how they make his head feel.   *shrug*

 

However you can tell your DH that wearing a helmet is totally common now and does increase the level of safety when skiing.  

Post # 74
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Hope all of you who ski without helmets are organ donors. 

Post # 75
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

always. Everyone I know wears a helmet!

 

 

ETA: I know someone who suffered a terrible Traumatic Brain Injury skiing and the situation would have been WAY worse had they not been wearing a helmet.

Post # 76
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@HannahGrace:  That is what I think about people who ride motorcycles down the highway at 70+mph with no helmet.  Serious dude, you’re sooo cool and don’t need a helmet, but when the emts scrape your brain off the pavement it won’t be nearly so cool. 

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