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Helmet Usage, Does it vary across the country?

post #1 of 11
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This came up in another thread, and it was requested to be made into its own thread. Based on your observations does helmet usage vary based on location?

From my experiences on the east coast, helmet usage is usually around 65-75%. I have noticed an inverse bell curve where the beginner and more advanced skiers and boards have higher helmet rates. I have also noticed that at the larger resorts helmet usage is higher than at the smaller more community oriented mountains. I have never been to the west coast so I cannot compare to any truly large mountains. Also, being on a family ski trip almost guarantees that all members will be wearing a helmet.
post #2 of 11
The only conclusion that I can make is that skiers noggins must be harder at smaller resorts, hence less helmet ussage
post #3 of 11
I'm perfectly happy to ski anywhere in the country without one
post #4 of 11
I always were mine. In the east because we don't usually have alot of cover and the surface can be, uh, a little firm if you will. Out west I'm usually out of my league (or flirting with the edge) and I'd like to keep my ability to speak and form coherent sentences should I fall, so I rock it.
post #5 of 11
I bet you'll find a stronger correlation if you studied helmet use and immediate family structure. Folks in families with young kids are more likely to wear a helmet so as to set an example since they usually want their youger kids wearing one.
post #6 of 11
I wear a helmet purely for the fact that it keeps my bald head and ears warm ... Safety is an added bonus that I'm happy to live with.

I'm am glad I have it the two or three times a year when I whack myself on the head with the safety bar on the chair lift (LOL) !!!

RMP
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by jamesgig View Post
This came up in another thread, and it was requested to be made into its own thread. Based on your observations does helmet usage vary based on location?
Um, I made that suggestion as a joke, hence the sarcasm and popcorn icons I put after it. There is already plethora of helmet threads out there. But since it's summer and a lot of people don't look at this forum until it gets closer to the season, you shouldn't get too much abuse in this thread.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Apparently I need to get up to date on my icon vocabulary.

I did a search because I was personally interested and only came up with the various "do you wear a helmet" threads, none based on observations of others varying based on location.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
I bet you'll find a stronger correlation if you studied helmet use and immediate family structure. Folks in families with young kids are more likely to wear a helmet so as to set an example since they usually want their youger kids wearing one.
Definitely true. I'll be getting back into skiing this year after a few years off following the birth of my son. This will also be my first year in a helmet. Aside from all the good reasons to wear a helmet for my own safety, how can I expect my son to wear one if I don't?
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Originally Posted by brabson View Post
Definitely true. I'll be getting back into skiing this year after a few years off following the birth of my son. This will also be my first year in a helmet. Aside from all the good reasons to wear a helmet for my own safety, how can I expect my son to wear one if I don't?
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I won't laugh at yours if you don't laugh at mine
Is that a pick-up line?
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