Ski, I don't think you have a grip on the real consequences of a fall in the terrain they're skiing. A helmet really wouldn't make a difference. We're talking about hundreds of feet of exposure, not just sliding down a PNW chute or groomer. As others have said, pictures can never do the reality of how knarly that stuff really is.
Helmets only for speed events when racing until about 199'something when I bought a helmet for early season area skiing. Funny thing is, of the hundreds of people I grew up with skiing in the pre-helmet era, exactly none, not one, had a life threatening head trauma accident while on skis. One friend nearly bit his tongue off, and there were plenty of facial cuts from windmilling skis w/safety straps and the like, but that's about it. Sometimes I wear a helmet, sometimes I don't. I think I've been doing this long enough to evaluate the level of risk I'm comfortable accepting without north american nannies (yes, this is very much a n. american specific phenomena... we have issues with mitigating perceived risk) telling everyone else that 'you should all just be like me and wear a helmet'. Is wearing one generally a good idea? Sure, but leave the self-righteous judgement switch 'off'.
Well, my quote you quoted was merely a light-hearted mockery of F.D.'s mockery of my earlier post....but I digress,
Ummm, I'm not sure, but I think you may have misread my post regarding the Plake video.
I do have a very firm grip on the consequences of a fall in that particular terrain.....barring a "I Shouldn't be Alive" episode, the faller would likely be dead.
I was simply trying to say that in what terrain I consider gnarly (like an Ohio groomer) I would prefer a helmet, but it doesn't matter to me if another free-thinking adult chooses not to wear one.
My "Nanny State Dictates Helmet Use" remark was a satirical comment on our current society. Perhaps I should've used an emoticon......
Reading your post, I would say I agree 100% with you. FWIW, I have 19 days in so far this year, but I haven't broken out my helmet yet.....although I probably should.....