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Ski helmets and daughters!

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Scud - book a trip to somewhere they're compulsory for kids - maybe a good excuse to head across the pond wink
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easiski wrote:
ise, I don't KNOW that it will put off nervous clients, but I suspect it would. There I am trying to persuade them that ski-ing is safe, and I'm wearing a crash helmet - it would sort of destroy the message! When wearing helmets is more common in Europe I would definitely wear one. The hard core all wear them though don't they? Cool


I find it really amusing, I recall turning up on the office ski trip a couple of years back with a snowboard and a helmet and everyone saying it was too hardcore and expecting me to leap of the nearest cliff.

Whereas you're stood there with it on and feel a slight wuss at least at first Very Happy
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I wear a helmet, and I really don't care what other people think - I have one friend who teases me about it because she thinks I look stupid in it, but then I think she looks stupid in her hat - I just don't tell her! Most of the people whose opinions I value wear helmets too - they are the ones who have been skiing for 30 or 40 years (although they do tease me about the colour of my helmet - it's the only brown one on the mountain) and some of them do leap off the nearest cliff at every opportunity. And anyway, I'm more bothered about my skiing ability than by my appearence, and isn't that what it's all about anyway? Smile
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My daughter is four and will go skiing for the first time this winter (although she has done plenty of skiing holidays in daycare) and will wear a helmet, but only if I do, so God help me when she is a teenager. So I have bought a nice black number which actually looks ok.

What I want to ask is how do you stop getting a "sun" mark round the top of your face with the helmet on all day?
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What I want to ask is how do you stop getting a "sun" mark round the top of your face with the helmet on all day?


I've never had a problem, but I do use factor 50 suncream! And when I wear goggles there isn't much room between the top of them and my helmet, anyway.
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austin7, ot Italy (though I'm not sure on the ages there).
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Nadenoodlee wrote:
Helmets dont look cool, they never will...


I think it's a case of getting used to helmets - Earlier this year we went skiing in France (3 valleys) where Mr Snowy was about the only person in the resort wearing a helmet. He did "use" his helmet once of twice though so it wasn't a waste of effort using it.

A few weeks after the French trip, we went to Whistler where more people were wearing helmets than not. That compares to spring 2003 at Whistler where perhaps 20-30% of people were wearing helmets.

Most of the skiers on black runs wore helmets so wearing one make you look like you knew what you were doing. I think it was the vast number of people wearing them that encouraged me to buy a helmet (as well as the tree skiing I was doing a lot of!).

Hence I think helmets are a state of mind. You don't feel odd wearing one if everone else is wearing one too.

Perhaps Europe will catch up with Whistler soon and no one will fear looking the odd-one-out in a helmet.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
and who knows maybe the insurance companies will catch on "not wearing a helmet,sorry sir insurance invalid".but maybe not for a few more years
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I started wearing a helmet last season and was often the "odd one out". But then, who cares? All it takes is the one time that you need it and it justifies all the time when you don't. A friend started wearing a helmet at the same time as me - after 6 weeks or so he crashed (on his own, on an empty piste) and bashed his head. He was on the verge of blacking-out despite wearing a helmet. He is just pleased that the helmet has paid for itself (I'm not so sure I want to test mine so thoroughly tho).
I think Mistermouse is probably right - give it time and insurance will become "conditioned" for non helmet-wearers.
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Scud, I don't know if it's already been said, but I wear mine (in resort) in case someone else runs in to me. In 25 years' skiing I've yet to hit a tree (though I have clunked my head on hard-pack a few times) but I have been hit by other skiers.

A helmet simply mitigates the risk of serious injury. It may not protect the wearer in a particularly harsh accident, but those are few and far between for the majority of us.

At Tamworth last week a snowboarding instructor (a very lovely one at that) was bent over unclipping her boots when she was hit sideways across the head by an OOC (beginner) skier. She was quite literally bowled over. I imagine she took a bit of a thump, though it could have been worse. It's that sort of thing that bothers me, particularly with resorts getting busier these days, and the quite extensive lack of care and consideration demonstrated by many piste users.

I don't have any stats. to support helmet use, and this topic rages on in cycling news groups, but my view is that wearing a helmet certainly offers some protection against impact simply because its't another few layers between a rock and a hard place. When I'm out MTBing I use the helmet to deflect bits of tree and bramble, rather than getting such things caught in my lovely ginger locks.

Strange, calling you "Scud", considering that while you site about ten feet from me at work I have all sorts of other names for you. Toofy Grin
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