Is it because you're stupid?
( For Phil)
Actually people, I own a helmet and wear it quite a bit. I wore it everyday when I was Ski Patrol. I think I kind of got away from wearing it everyday because I felt like it was part of my Uniform. I actually had some hard falls over the years. anyone who averaged 100 days on skis was pushing the envelope as far as injury to one's self. I had my share. Knocked myself out one night. Bought a helmet a week later. First one on Patrol to do so. I found that most of the times it did protect me was from lift bars and jealous husbands.
From my experience, after I quit the Patrol, I found myself getting a false sense of security from it's use. I'm not saying everyone does, but I felt this way. I was becoming invincable. Skiing the edges on the edge. Skiing trees and lines without fear of anything. Today, I wear my helmet only when it's really cold. When I'm skiing backcountry, when I'm skiing really steep shit, and when I'm skiing new terrain. Just recently, on my Washington trip, I was skiing some stuff that a fall would mean certain injury. Especially to my head. I didn't have my helmet with me. There were thoughts creaping into my head while looking for a line through some chutes rock lined, where I wished I had my lid. But, hell, if I bought the sale, I'd have gone having fun right?
Look, I'd never be the one to tell any of you not to wear a helmet. My fear is having someone force me to wear one. And, I object to anyone calling anyone stupid for not wearing one, ok? It's a right of freedom for me and you. Lest I remind you all, that a helmet is not failsafe, not security. You may feel safer but there is no exchange for learning how to be an expert skier. Even then, jumping off cliffs with skis can be disasterous. As we all know from recent threads.
So, if I chose to wear my helmet or ski the day without one, it's my choice and i shouldn't be called an idiot or stupid for that. And most of all, there should never be a law that forces me to or that makes that choice for me.