This coming season a lot more ski resorts have implemented bye-laws making the wearing of ski helmets mandatory.
Fortunately, helmet wearing amongst adult skiers was already on the increase with latest figures showing that some 48% of grown-ups now wear a helmet whilst skiing . That figure is a lot higher when it comes to children as parents have for some years recognised the sense in encouraging their youngsters to ski with head protection. The days of wearing a ski helmet and feeling uncool are now over for good. Wearing a ski or snowboard helmet has finally come to be regarded as the only sensible option and amongst younger newcomers to snow sports, is simply regarded as the norm.
Recent research by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has found that a large number of the 7,000+ head injuries per year that occur on the country’s ski and snowboard slopes could be prevented or reduced in severity by the wearing of a ski helmet. Despite these high risks, legislation has been slow in coming. Thankfully the use of helmets for skiing and snowboarding has gained in popularity, increasing in the 2008-09 season by 12 percent over the previous season, according to a survey by the National Ski Areas Association.