OP, I wish you luck in finding a helmet that fits your head.
Originally Posted by Skidude72
Seriously chill out.
Dude, I'm totally chill. Wear a helmet if you want. Or don't. I care not.
But if slipping on ice is your concern, why not wear you helmet to the grocery store in winter....or any time you need to leave the house in winter.
My concern while skiing is more being wiped out by someone else, which I have limited control over. Particularly if I'm stopped during a lesson, though I've also been taken out while skiing.
I already try not to walk on ice. When skiing, you don't always have a choice. If my day job involved walking around on ice all day, I might want a helmet, or at least cat-tracks or similar on my shoes. (Or is wearing boots with good traction when it's icy also unnecessary and worthy of ridicule?)
I did wear a rugby cap when I played, but that was more so my ears wouldn't get shredded in a scrum. I would contend that you can get hit at least as hard while skiing as you can while playing football, as people can reach significantly higher speeds on even a moderate slope than they can on foot.
Hit in the head with the safety bar? Well first, I hope you give the tool who did it a good talking too..
I usually do. I'm very tall, so this is probably more of an issue for me than other people. This is certainly the most common impact that my helmet absorbs.
Well read the motoring studies. You would be amazed. Race car drivers all wear helmets.
I guess I should have been more specific and said I hadn't seen any studies on whether helmets make a significant difference for regular drivers in accidents at regular driving speeds. If you are very likely to be in a car crash at very high speeds, generally extra safety equipment is going to be worthwhile.
The lessons are ski in control, be aware of your surroundings, know, understand, and preach the skiers responsiblity code. Follow those three rules and you will stay out of trouble...somthing far more effective then any damage minimisation strategy.
I'll totally agree on that.
Want to wear a helmet for the extra insurance...go for it. But dont preach it to others, and dont suggest that they are irresponsible for making their choice.
I didn't preach anything to anyone. You asked "why do people wear helmets on the ski hill and not at other times?" and I tried to answer (with tongue somewhat in cheek.)
It might also help to not suggest that people are "copy cat kids" or gapers if they make a different choice than you do.