First a Disclaimer: I wear a helmet and am a supporter of wearing helmets. I like the protection for my head from injury and from getting sunburned!
Rant: Some of the resorts where we do recreational racing (less than masters level) require release waivers and they require helmets (almost all resorts for GS and some for Slalom races). Since I wear a helmet all the time while skiing fine, I don't care.
But why, will these same resorts put metal objects, rails, pipes, etc. down a run under the guise of a terrain park (or trauma park) inviting skiers and boarders to jump on them and fall off. No helmets required, no release waiver to be signed. Sure there is a sign at the entrance to the terrain park, but has anyone ever stopped to read that or the back of their lift ticket?
It also seems to me that if someone got hurt in the terrain park and sued, couldn't they state that they thought the activity was inherently less risky than racing because neither waiver nor helmet was required!? How could the resort justify that dichotomy in court? It is just plain stupid to me!
Anybody else feel that way?