All these helmet threads have me finally publicly asking a question I've had which has remained unanswered. This is not about whether to use a helmet or not. It's about using a non-ski specific helmet for skiing. I noticed in the what color is your helmet thread, there are others who use non-ski helmets, such as MTT with a most likely Dot approved helmet. So hoping someone has a working link, or info to share.
My kid outgrew his ski helmet. At start of season we shopped for a new one with no luck finding a proper fit. He decides he'll just wear his Dot approved full-face MX helmet. I pondered the wisdom of that, and went with his decision.
I am fully aware sport specific helmets are important & often required for many sports with the appropriate approval(s). From batting helmets, BMX, horsesports, biking, etc. Generally it's understood NOT to use helmets not approved for the sport, mainly because of rating/testing approvals, meeting protection standards, and the appropriateness for the sport. Will it do the job ? Will it/can it cause additional or more serious injury? Does it hamper/inhibit the participant ? Things to always be considered.
Clearly a helmet such as a batting helmet would be inadequate for a sport involving falls & speed. But what about helmets rated at higher protection than the sport the person is wearing if for requires ? Anyone with good info out there ?