Originally Posted by Ghost
Exactly! He is also doing his best to avoid bashing his head on a tree or rock, and trying to get his skis back under himself, unless of course he is already out cold from that first little bump on the head from that 1.5 m drop to the ice, or being bashed on the back of the head by his ski. You can't do much if you're already knocked out. A helmet gives you a chance to keep fighting.
I don't wear/have a helmet as of yet (still debating, but probably will especially since my wife says I need to be a good example to my kids), but I sure wish I had one about 10 years ago...
I was skiing KT22 (Squaw Valley for those few who don't know) about 10 years ago when I failed to negotiate a rather large bump at very high speed. During my very short failed recovery attempt, I somehow managed to shoot one of my skis off my boot into the air and it hit the back of my head with a vengence. I woke up at the bottom of the run with people all around me and not letting me get up with a pool of blood around my head.
My friends who were there that day still manage to get a good laugh about seeing me wipeout and the subsequent lifeless ragdoll sliding down the rest of the hill, but I've still got the scar from 12 stitches to remind me that it wasn't funny then.
I'm fairly positive it wouldn't have been such a bid deal had I been wearing a helmet that day.
Other than that episode, I haven't had any other real head injuries while skiing...Then again, it only takes once.