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Do most people wear a helmet while skiing?

Asked by Supergirl (1666 points ) December 25th, 2006
I haven't been skiing for about 10 years, and no one was wearing helmets, now I hear that everyone wears helmets, is this true?
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annie's avatar
No. People who are just beginning, or who chase cliffs and avalanches, or who would feel safer with a helmet might wear one. Don't feel like you need to run out and buy one to fit in. :)
Supergirl's avatar
If I wore one would I not fit in?
Supergirl's avatar
I don't want to look like a tool...
auntpeggyo's avatar
Most of the expert skiiers and snowboarders that I know are wearing helmets now. You would not look out of place at all if you wore one.
Perchik's avatar
Most average skiiers do not wear helmets though. Like she said, a lot of experts are now, but as far as intermediate/average skiiers, I would say no.
andrew's avatar
I wear a helmet when I'm boarding because I stink and falling backwards on you head hurts; I wear a helmet when I ski because I go in the terrain park. I think people will more likely think you're totally aggro wearing a helmet than a tool...unless you're on the bunny slope.
gailcalled's avatar
We had a family tragedy that might have been prevented had the two young men on a backcountry skiing trek been wearing helmets.
gailcalled's avatar
They got hit by a sudden avalanche and were both swept into trees, where they were hit on the head and knocked unconscious so couldn't dig themselves out. So I would say that worrying about how one looks seems meaningless.
erik's avatar
Yeah, I recently started wearing a helmet. Over the past 2-3 years this trend is catching on - in the northeast, helmets have become more common than non-helmets. VT might even make it a state law soon. I think it's a really good idea, plus it keeps your head warmer!
snowberry's avatar

I have been a skier for 47 years. I ski very very fast, and I got a helmet to satisfy my family, who are not skiers. I can see the use of a helmet, but I’ve never had one until now. I haven’t had a chance to wear it since I got it because we moved out of the area.

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