what are some of the commonly heard excuses for not wearing
a ski or snowboard helmet? Send
us Your Excuse!
"I'm a good skier and I rarely fall, so I think my children,
who are beginners, need a helmet, but I definitely don't."
Skihelmets: "The risk of head injury is just as high
for expert skiers as it is for beginners. As you become more
comfortable on skis, you often ski more advanced terrain,
that poses more obstacles both marked and unmarked. The reality
is, accidents can and do happen regardless of age and ability."
"I've been skiing my whole life and I have never needed a
Skihelmets: "It only takes one fall, or getting hit
once to cause permanent, severe damage, and you never know
when that might happen. You don't have control of other skiers
on the slope." No excuse!
"Helmets are not fashionable, and I will look like an inexperienced
fool wearing one."
Skihelmets: "There are so many different shapes, styles
and colors of helmets that you can make your own, individual
statement when you put yours on. We, as an active staff skiing
at all the major Colorado resorts, have noticed a strong correlation
between local, experienced skiers, and helmet use. Besides
young kids, it's all the best skiers, riders, and racers who
are wearing helmets right now.
"I'm just a beginner, I don't go fast."
Skihelmets: "Beginners ski or ride where there are
many other beginners." Oftentimes beginners lose control,
forget how to stop, don't know how to handle themselves on
variable terrain, etc. This could be you or the person who
hits you. Helmets don't protect you solely from speed injuries."
S.:"Whenever I see a boarder or skier that's wearing
a helmet I usually stop to see if they'll do some cool trick
or move, knowing that those people who wear helmets (as your
excuses also mentioned) are generally the best boarders and
skiers. However, I'm not a "top notch" snow boarder therefore
I don't want to be seen in a helmet and have people looking
at me with high expectations only to see me fall or something.
SkiHelmets: "We understand your fear of being
watched, but are you really willing to risk your safety just
so people don't look at you? You'd be surprised how many low
level skiers are wearing helmets there days, it's not only
the top-notch skiers and boarders anymore."
B: "Here in Spain, where I ski, people think that
ski helmets are only for racers. And if I were one, when I
take the lift, people would look at me in a strange way saying
something like "look, there comes Alberto Tomba, or nowadays,
Herman Maier". So the excuse is that people would think that
I'm not pro enough to wear a helmet."
SkiHelmets: "Robert, please see the answer to
Justin S's excuse. Thank you! Good point, but not worth risking
it in our opinion."
"Helmets are warm! I sweat a lot and prefer to ski without
any head wear if possible. I feel a helmet will make the heat
SkiHelmets: "Mike, we certainly understand where
you are coming from. Heat is a huge issue! We would suggest
trying a Giro Nine with the vent plugs removed. You'll be
surprised at how cool it really is! "