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what percentage of teenagers wear helmets while skiing/boarding? quick guess

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
just trying to get some kind of estimate
post #2 of 19
I'm going to be chaparone for a snow bus in two weeks, so I could get a better idea then, but it seems to me that a high percentage wear helmets around here. Wild guess: 80%.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
the reason i ask is our church group is going to ski beech in N.C. next week. i worry about the crowds and conditions there. i would agree with you and might even go higher if talking purely about skiers when we go to colorado or utah
post #4 of 19
i dont and i know not very many do, but i dont ski big hills. not that that is an excuse for safty....
post #5 of 19
Im technically a teenager for another few months.

Been wearing a helmet for a while now
post #6 of 19
I am 24 right now, and I started skiing way before anyone even considered wearing helmets. However, I do see more and more that the younger kids are wearing helmets (for both skiing and snowboarding). I think that people who started roughly in the last 5 years are much more inclined to wear a helmet than someone who started sking like 15 years ago.
post #7 of 19

whtmt

I'm a skier, but a coach at a large NH ski area and my best guess would be at best 15% - 20%. The only riders wearing helmets are outside of the park and are older more mature folks, who are well into their careers. The older teens look at you like you're a dork when you suggest wearing a helmet. It's like a badge of courage to not wear one. Maybe we're an abberation, but I doubt it. Does anyone have any real statistics on the subject? I would be very interested to hear, since skiers have really embraced helmets at all ages.

whtmt & Mackenzie 911
post #8 of 19
80-85% here.
post #9 of 19
I think the number is right around 5%.

Having just had my first clip from behind this season(teenage boarder, uncrowded open run), I am considering picking one up because skiing out here in the midwest can get very very crowded. That and I probably look rediculous in this hat...
post #10 of 19
Is it really just 5%. Seems much more out here in the east. I've been wearing one for about 4 years now.
post #11 of 19
I dont wear a helmat for a few reasons and 'coolness' isn't really one of of them. the convienience of having to bring a helmat to a hill is prohibative for me one more thing i have to put in the small bag then try not to lose. second i know this isn'y a real good excuse, but i dont ski on big hills that would require a helmat. there are no tree runs, no real mougles, no cliffs.
yes i ski the park. i see close to no one wearing helmets in there. almost the only preple who wera helmets on the hills i ski are the racers. not even the patrollers wear them.
i think it is more of a percieved danger that makes people wear helmets.
post #12 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcski
Is it really just 5%. Seems much more out here in the east. I've been wearing one for about 4 years now.
I wouldn't be surprised if helmets are most common in crowded areas, and if you are wearing one you might be a bit more apt to notice others who do rather than those who do not? Really though, I don't think one in twenty, or at least one in 10 is all that far off from the number of helmet to non-helmet people I usually see.

Personally, I don't worry about rocks or trees, its other people that make me seriously consider a helmet.
post #13 of 19
Western Canadian Rocky resorts I would say about 40 - 50%. I beleive most if not all of our parks require a helmet to be worn.

My perception from Ski Patrolling for 5 years starting in 98 was that at first it wasn't cool and only like 10%, then the hills required it for the park, now your not cool to go without.

Partly due to better cooler helmet designs, partly due to teenage attitude towards fitting in or doing what the crowd is doing, partly due to if your not wearing one it immediatly shows you don't do the park or insinuate your not good enough (god forbid) to go in the park.

most occasional boarders or skiers don't own one as it is a added expense, our local hill rents them for like $3.00 for park use or otherwise.

I now wear one but had been thinking and wanting one for the last two seasons.

Mark
post #14 of 19

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Around here (midwest), the only people ive ever seen wear helmets are teens and children. I only know of 1 or 2 adults who wear them. I would guess 50% of teens wear them and close to 75% of children under 12.
post #15 of 19
my sister broke her wrist when she overshot a tabletop, and also broke her helmet in the same fall. She got a concussion anyway, without the helmet things undoubtedly would have been much worse.

At whistler/blackcomb a large percentage of the kids wear helmets, the fact that they are mandatory for the terrain park is probably a factor.
post #16 of 19

whtmt

Skiing at Loon Mt. NH today I came upon a boarder who had taken a bad fall and appeared to have broken his arm. He also landed on some solid ice on this link trail and hit his head as well.

I asked him how his head was and he said it was fine. He was wearing a helmet!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Figure. The ice is as hard as a road surface. It's your choice. Mine is to wear a helmet and ski another day.

whtmt & Mackenzie 911
post #17 of 19
Helments...rarely wear...only when i think my life is at risk skiing.

Anybody that worry's about the coolness of it is just weird.
post #18 of 19
80%?
post #19 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yukon
i think it is more of a percieved danger that makes people wear helmets.
It is not just a percieved danger. The first day i ever wore a helmet, some dude ran over the backs of my skiis and popped me right out of them. My momentum continued and i flew head first into a tree. My helmet had a huge crack in it. Had it not been for my helmet, my brains would be the lovely decorations of a large furr tree.

>I am a teenager and I always wear a helmet. This year, my school's ski bus is requiring helmets. There's 250 teenagers with helmets right there. Other schools in my area are also requiring helmets. I'm not sure if my peers want to wear helmets but I jave a feeeling they will wear them anyway soon. Most teenagers ski/ride throught their school's Ski Bus program. Schools' insurance agencies won't want to have ski busses without helmet regulations.
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