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Skiing helmet – Choosing the right ski helmet for you.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Last season whilst working as a ski instructor in Morzine – Les Gets France, I noticed more people than ever opting to wear a helmet.
What could be behind this culture shift?
Well firstly, virtually all ski schools demand that children wear helmets in lessons and many parents are finding the easiest way to persuade them is to put on a helmet themselves. Others may have had a close encounter with speeding snowboarders or such likes and found it a sobering experience to reinforce the wearing of a helmet. In the US most people wear helmets, the increase in use was partly due to some high profile celeb head injuries and we may be seeing a trickle effect.
But, there could be another reason in Morzine and other resorts across the Alpes: Resorts are building a more friendly progression to snow parks, with it comes the coolness of wearing a helmet and the look of being a more adventurous skier perhaps?
It was only a few years ago that the parks were a no go for a novice with its huge intimidating half pipes and kickers.
Last year Morzine saw the expansion of the Penguin Boarder Park for young kids, it would seem the resort was responding to the growing snow park culture by establishing a gentle introduction adventure ski zone. With sweeping ski cross style banks and gentle rollers it is a great place to take kids in my Ski with Ease ™ ski lessons to challenge balance, build confidence and resilience to changing terrain resulting in big smiles and a huge sense of achievement with rapid results in skiing ability and progression.
Things to consider before selecting a helmet.
· Rent or buy? Renting can save on baggage allowance and carrying around. Many people will simply clip it to their hand luggage. A point worth considering. Most ski rental shops now rent helmets.

· Get the right SIZE: A common mistake parents make is to buy a helmet for their child with "growing room" or pack it out with a beanie. This can be dangerous and uncomfortable. Get on that fits! The only time you may want to bump up a size is if your child is in between sizes.

· The measurement for helmets is usually in cm. Measuring your head with a tape is a good idea and speeds up selection. A fabric tape is best! Measurement is based on the circumference of your head (just above your eyebrows). Many helmets now have a twisting knob at the back for fine adjustment.

· We all have different shaped heads so you may have to try a couple of models to find one that is comfortable. A well-fitting helmet should be snug and secure. Align the front rim above your eyebrows andcheck for gaps, all padding should be flush against the head, not tight or headache inducing. Many companies will have a fine tuning system consisting of small changes in the padding.

· Helmets are shaped differently. Keeping them on for a few minutes to be sure the one you have chosen is truly a good fit.


· Goggle friendly. Take your goggles with you when selecting a helmet (or glasses for that matter). Things to check: Do your goggles fit snugly against your face and that they do not push down against your nose restricting breathing. Many goggles are now specially hinged to be worn with a helmet.

· Ventilated for temperature control (best if they can be opened and closed).

· Check you can hear freely, ears are comfortable and you can do the strap up with ease. If the helmet does not fit well enough it's not going to be comfortable and therefore unlikely to be worn!

· Finally if you have checked all the above give it a twist and a wiggle. If the skin on the forehead is being moved then the helmet fits properly.

Glenn Wellesley
Ski Instructor, Ski with Ease Ski School Morzine Les Gets.

http://www.skiwithease.com

post #2 of 11

Sorry....make mine a toque.

 

For me the "risk" just isn't there

 

But for those who are concerned,

 

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/17/chris-selley-why-i-ski-in-a-toque/

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I had to look up what a toque was :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toque

www.skiwithease.com
 

post #4 of 11
Thank you for the informative thread. Children should have every available article of protection. Singling out a specific group of people as dangerous is poorly thought out. It puts a slant to a well written article.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by mowmow View Post

Thank you for the informative thread. Children should have every available article of protection. Singling out a specific group of people as dangerous is poorly thought out. It puts a slant to a well written article.

 

I tend to agree with his "slant"....at least it follows what I see/experience on the mountain. Have seen a number of collisions first hand and the aftermath of many more.

And I only ski during the week! Can only imagine how bad things get on the weekend.

 

 

As for "children having every available article of protection". Better to teach them to ski/board safely, follow the skiers code, and use their brain than the false sense that the equipment will make you safe.

post #6 of 11
Tend to agree with you on both counts. Protect yourself with your brain. Unfortunately that is not the norm. However PPE does deter injuries. As for the one board crowd the % of cretins are certainly higher in my experience also. But this article was
written as a professional seemed slanted.
post #7 of 11
Sweet! another helmet thread! Can we start a 'body armor for toddlers' round one while we're at it?
post #8 of 11

The funniest thing about this thread is Rossi launching in to a multi post diatribe based upon an OP that is just really spam for another shitty ski instructor trying to hock hi services by linking you to his "blog".

post #9 of 11

All very interesting but already have my helmet for the season, thank you very much.

 

post #10 of 11

Only required for "LUDICROUS SPEED!!"

 

 

post #11 of 11

They call these things brain buckets for a reason.  Don't forget about the option of using adjustable helmets for kids, assuming a good fit.

 

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