The OP asked about helmets I gave my two cents, before you know it people with no facts to back up anything are attacking my use of a full face helmet, and then implying that I dont know how to ski and unless I am in a magazine or movie (which just so happens I am in several, but not for skiing) then I should not even be allowed to wear that which I choose.
I ski fast, very fast, as a result I crash big, very big. This January I broke my back and thumb while training. I have smacked my head and face on many an icy slope, the full face has been good for me. I used to ski with an open face and ended up with a busted lip after a fall...that convinced me. Is there additional risk using a full face? Maybe, but I have yet to see supporting evidence, in fact quite the contrary. In various other sports where even higher speeds and greater risks are present there has been a move towards requiring the use of full face helmets not the other way around.
As is often the case with the FIS, I do not believe that their alleged ban on full face helmets was brought about by good science, more likely due to politics and anecdotal evidence, or one team accusing another of using aerodynamic enhancements and blaming the use of a full face. Just look how ridiculous the rules are about protection and wardrobe in general are.
If you have proof otherwise, please present it I would love to read it.
Y'all gotta loosen up and be more open minded, this “my school of thought is better than yours” thing is very ugly....ugly indeed.
As far as challenges, well I can hold my own, and I am competitive, so bring it.
I don’t claim to be a great skier, nor an instructor, nor a movement analysis sports professional, so I certainly would not go around shooting down other’s abilities without them asking for opinions and certainly not without ever having skied with them.