Wow! Joe, in the Western U.S. if you have the chops, you can still launch off a cornice or over a wall of rock, or drop down a near vertical chute with no turn opportunity until the apron. It is our individual choice whether we want to assume those risks, with or without a helmet, body armor, or for that matter, skilz. On the other hand, when you arrive at a designated slow-zone intersecting with an intermediate or beginner run, you need to be in "control". It is not acceptable to impose risks on others by your higher risk tolerance. The trend has been to open more challenging terrain and formerly backcountry lines to the public. Skiers are taking more risks than ever before, and there are serious consequences for failure.
The helmet issue is still individual choice, and in my opinion should stay that way. Increasingly we see resorts imposing helmet policies on employees, some states have required helmets for minor children, and I suppose at some point more states will join New Jersey. It will be advocates like yourself that impose this on people who see it as a matter of personal choice and acceptable risk. You should expect some push-back in the forums, as this is not a prevailing popular view, and wrapping skiers up in a safety cocoon will mean a lot more than helmets. You might want to qualify your advocacy with the fact you deal with brain injury therapy on a daily basis, but in the end you will find that on this issue, you need to agree to disagree.
Have you noticed how many states have repealed helmet laws for motorcyclists? Not that is something I find amazing. Helmets in NJ? Why not? Talk to me when Wyoming or Montana adopt a helmet law.
Great question, yet another thread....what additional safety issues should be addressed at ski resorts?
Its real hard to get anywhere with certain topics becasue of who skiers are as personalities....We do this for alot of reasons but not the least of which is that we want to do exciting things in our own way and do it fast and free. We are strong minded, strong bodied, ok in differeing amounts, but how ever you want to say it and for what ever reason there are certain ways to trigger the quick heartbeat of a skier.
The triggers: Say the words; Helmet, Safety, law, rule, slow, stop, wide, skinny, release, knee,neck, balls, backcountry, trees, groomed, padding, duuuuuuude, mandatory....
So any sort of discussion about things that are more effective at saving injury and lives that aren't m m m ma mand....mandatory yet is hard.
We start speaking in meta code.