I have been using a Smith Variant for the pat two years. It is instantly forgettable, which is what I want in a helmet. But last weekend I put on a Uvex race helmet, and a POC race as well. While the Uvex fit better, I was impressed with the increased sense of coverage (and security) of this race design. It came down lower in the back. And where my Smith is cut high and is fabric around the ears, the Uvex fully covered them and even provided some protection around the side of the face. Goggles felt more comfortable as well with less pressure on the face.
A couple years ago a helmet saved my life when I got taken out from behind by a woman who said she pulled up behind me because she admired my skiing. Head slammed onto solid ice. Lost consciousness twice. Lived to tell the tale.So no one has to convince me of the merits of a helmet. But is a race helmet (hate to use the term) "over-kill" for aggressive rec skiing. And if not, can you "forget" you are wearing one?