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I'm a serious helmet advocate. There is a lot of evidence supporting their use, despite the stats showing that fatalities are not down.
One recent quote from a doctor said that fatalities could be the same because of the false sense of security that they offer, pushing the boundaries further and further.
You only have to watch the movie "Steep" once to know that the limits of what people are willing to tackle are pushed further and further all the time.
I still say that the plastic hat is the best part of my equipment.
I've heard that for high speed skiing it doesn't make mucyh of a difference because the impact will be so great. But as Kristine said there are so few high speed skiers it shouldn't even be that much of an issue- sort of like incredibly fast race car drivers I guess.
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I've read a lot of debate about helments and skiing, too. I wear a helmet, in part to protect myself, in part to be a good role model for my kids, and in part because I feel like it's the responsible thing to do when I am responsible for 3 little people. I will say that the threat that I feel on the slopes comes mainly from other skiers... I think a lot of people are not in control of their speed or their movements. Honestly, I feel a lot safer on an expert run (even in the trees), because there are so many fewer people there and they (and I) tend to have pretty good control over speed. That said, I can be a clumsy doofus, and I would never ever ever ski in the trees without a helmet (I don't think I'm good enough to do it, either).
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I read this article about the use of ski helmets today.
It's interesting and I have very little to say on it other than to comment on the last paragraph where it talks about skiing fatalities.
I would like to know the number of skiing fatalities that involved extreme skiing, out of bounds skiing or black or double black runs.
Because honestly, I'm not sure that a helmet is going to make a heck of a lot of difference at 60-80 miles an hour, but I can see where it makes bucket loads of difference for most of the rest of us that are on the slopes.
I feel like so often the information that is out there isn't really telling the whole story.
Anyway... just something I thought the group might find interesting.