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A helmet saved my kid today

post #1 of 11
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 Just one of those little aspen glades off of a green run that kids love to do- with names like "Enchanted Forest" and "Ruby's Tail"- she's eight and she's been doing them with ski school since she was three. I was following through the ruts and whoop de dos when suddenly she just launched head first into a ten inch aspen- there was a loud THUNK- she hit square on the helmet and collapsed on the snow crying. I got her up, and she was ok- bit her tounge and a goose egg on her forehead. Her Mom looked her over  (she's a doc) and we got hot chockolate and then skied a little more. As it is we're watching her all night for signs of a concussion (whatever they are- as in so many things, the wife's on this one...) but it's unlikely. The helmet has a golf ball sized dent. It's a Smith Allure model and well padded. I was never so grateful for a helmet- I sometimes go without on a powder day when the kids aren't around- most of us did for years- no more. It could have been very bad. Probably saved her life.    


  Otherwise, it was a spectacular BlueBird Christmas day at Park City and everywhere in the Wasatch- warm sun and cold snow. A great day to ski and to be outdoors.



post #2 of 11

Glad everyone is OK. At least OK enough it is at a family (even if that includes a doc) "keep an eye on things" level.



Merry Christmas!  And I hope everyone is back on the snow ASAP.





post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks. She's looking good. Sledding tomorrow!  Merry Christmas! 

post #4 of 11

Glad she is ok.


On another note, you may want to buy her a new helmet since the foam has been compromised from the impact.



post #5 of 11

Your post screams of the need for kids--and adults-- to have helmets.  Thank goodness she is safe.  FWIW, my kids (around the same age) also ski with whistles after a tree well scare last year.  Below is a photo of them from the previous day before skiing Mystic Pines at the Canyons (next door to PCMR).  After all that snow, the whole state is one big "Kodak Moment."


Edited by quant2325 - 12/26/10 at 9:30am
post #6 of 11

at Squaw, the percentage of kids wearing helmets exceeds all other skier groups. they love them, feels fast, good place for stickers.

post #7 of 11

after that scare... im sure it was the best christmas ever......

post #8 of 11

Glad your kid is ok. Certainly makes a compelling case for helmets, not to start that argument again or anything ... wink.gif

post #9 of 11

Good to hear daughter is well.


agree too that a new helmet is wise.  whistle and cell phone (with ski patrol programmed into it for the trip) are good too basics.  

post #10 of 11

Wow. Really glad all seems well. I also have an eight year old, who also likes the trees. (Notice that a lot of ski schools these days like to set up little courses through the woods alongside runs.) He wears a helmet, and the other day he asked, "Dad, why do all the cool kids wear helmets, but a lot of the adults don't?" So maybe we're getting somewhere...

post #11 of 11

I wonder if we should teach the smaller kids who like to ski the trees to never look at the tree, look at the space; you will go toward where you are looking. does that hold true for kids? assuming they are not catching an edge or having a near fall that takes them off their line. we could make a game out of it: "did you see any trees on that run?" kinda' thing.

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