I can't really argue with the anti-helmet position but only to say again, what's the harm in wearing a helmet? The freedom is part of it; so I get that but while working and especially teaching and enforcing good ski/snowboarding ediquette and practices to the vast majority of skiers who are intermediates and look up to you guys/gals as the experts (like it or not, they do), maybe it's a good idea? When you are off the clock, have at it. I can't disagree with your choice on your time.
Finn, I can honestly remember being the first Patroller, and maybe the first patron at our Resort to ski with a helmet on. ( I know from my persistance here many will find that hard to believe) I remember being laughed at and ridiculed. ( There were some racers who wore them) People thought if you needed to ski with a helmet on you were scared or dangerous.
Now, more people wear helmets than don't. There has become an attitude among this majority that skiing without a helmet is not safe, and therefore ignorant. As many here have already stated that it's stupid to ski without a helmet when you are safer with one. That's what I object to. That and the fact that this attitude will eventually carry into legislation that will force helmet use on everyone. And it will happen eventually. Especially when Insurance companies start jumping on the band wagon.
It's plain to see the attitude of the majority of helmet users who have responded in the multiple helmet threads is this, I'm safer with a helmet on. I have less chance of serious head injury or death from the inherent dangers of skiing if I wear a helmet. I feel safer skiing dangerous terrain and trees while skiing with a helmet on. So, why wouldn't you ski with a helmet on? You'd have to be stupid not to.
On the other hand, those of us who don't wear a helmet ALL THE TIME, or don't see the need to wear one or even want to for whatever reason, aren't calling you stupid for choosing to.