Originally Posted by Bad Wolf
Because most people never fall on their heads or because helmets don't work when they do, or......
Well not to open this can of worms. But generally both. Do your own research on this subject, and believe who you choose. Many propenents for and against. 2 statistics I generally go by are: There are 0.5 head injuries per million skier visits. There are 2.5 head injuries per million car trips. Meaning, you are far more likley to suffer a head injury driving to and from the ski hill then you are skiing, ie you are better off wearing your helmet in the car. Second, it is fair to say significantley more people use helmets today, then they did say 10 years ago. If helmets do offer a tangible benefit, then surely there would have been a reduction in the number of head injuries associated with skiing in that time, right? Well there hasnt been. Head injury rates have remained constant. This has caused some issues at places like Whistler, where SS is now required to wear helmets while in uniform, yet Ski Patrol isnt. While not public, WB acknowledges to staff there is no evidence supporting helmet use...its more of "band wagon" thing.
For reference, I am not against helmets. I have used one from well over 30 years having been an active ski racer. But I wore them for racing only. I still think for certain things people should wear helmets, racing, park and pipe or if you are ripping at high speed around rocks etc on big mountain lines. But that is not most people, who cruise or ski marked trails at moderate speed. The push to helmets has been driven by clever marketing, not much else.
And now there will be 100 posts of people telling of how their helmet saved their life while they were skiing.