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Old 19.03.2009, 17:24
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though it repeats that they are unlikely to help in high speed collisions:With that said, if I skied I would almost certainly wear a helmet.
Which is probably why the resorts are aiming to get people to curb their speed, too. Obviously a helmet isn't going to be of much use if you are breaking the sound barrier and you hit a ski lift pylon.

They are intended to give protection under normal use.
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Old 19.03.2009, 17:25
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The real question is how much protection they provide. From telegraph.co.uk: Ski safety: should helmets be mandatory? The case against:A rather similar article in the New York Times, Richardson’s Accident Reignites Ski Helmet Debate is slightly more supportive of helmets' usefulness, though it repeats that they are unlikely to help in high speed collisions:With that said, if I skied I would almost certainly wear a helmet.
To be honest I don't hold much weight in the media's assessment of whether helmets are useful or not. I have read a few papers in medical journals saying that they can be quite effective at reducing head injuries though.
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Because it creates arguments for Insurance companies to put up their premiums?
And how exactly does my death on the ski slope affect your premium? I don't have insurance.
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Old 19.03.2009, 17:27
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

[quote=RetiredInNH;422281]The real question is how much protection they provide...[quote]

Well, there was a accident in Austria involving a German politican who aparently raced into another skier at approx. 50 Km/h. He used a helmet and survived, the other did not and died. I ski all my life and never had a helmet, but bought one after this rather obvious example.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

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Which is probably why the resorts are aiming to get people to curb their speed, too.
People wearing helmets will in general ski faster as the helmet mitigates auditive speed perception. A self-defeating tool, really.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

http://www.austriantimes.at/index.php?id=10439

2 skiers, 1 helmet, 1 skull fractured, 1 death from head injuries.
Guess who was wearing the helmet?

"I don't have insurance." Need one say more?
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Old 19.03.2009, 17:33
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http://www.austriantimes.at/index.php?id=10439

2 skiers, 1 helmet, 1 skull fractured, 1 death from head injuries.
Guess who was wearing the helmet?

"I don't have insurance." Need one say more?
That was the one I referred to.

I know it would belong in the "excessively overpriced" threat, but I bought my helmet by mailorder from the US: 70 USD plus 30 USD express post vs 200 CHF locally...
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Old 19.03.2009, 17:35
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"I don't have insurance." Need one say more?
More judgemental comment.

Why do I need life insurance? I certainly don't need the money after I'm gone, and my family are well provided for.
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People wearing helmets will in general ski faster as the helmet mitigates auditive speed perception. A self-defeating tool, really.
So that's why my husband insisted on the helmet . Problem is I still ski like an arthritic giraffe, helmet or no helmet.
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Problem is I still ski like an arthritic giraffe, helmet or no helmet.
You need to wear it with the hole at the front..
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Old 19.03.2009, 17:42
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

I would choose the "I am going to buy one" option
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More judgemental comment.

Why do I need life insurance? I certainly don't need the money after I'm gone, and my family are well provided for.
I would be concerned if you didn't have public liability insurance. If you have an accident that turns out to be your fault that will affect others.
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I would be concerned if you didn't have public liability insurance. If you have an accident that turns out to be your fault that will affect others.
Of course, but it will never happen because superior skiers use their superior judgement to avoid situations which would require them to use their superior skill.

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Of course, but it will never happen because superior skiers use their superior judgement to avoid situations which would require them to use their superior skill.

And you know exactly what a beginner is going to do next right?
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And you know exactly what a beginner is going to do next right?
If they're skiing up this black run they deserve all they get
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

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I've worn one since about 2003. Apart from keeping my skull intact, it keeps my head warm.

Some dozy bint turned around with skis over her shoulder and clobbered me on the back of the head outside a restaurant a few years ago. Fortunately it was just a flesh wound but it could have been more serious. Unfortunately I was carrying my helmet under my arm at the time as we were just about to go for lunch and I wasn't expecting any major ski accident between the ski stands and the restaurant.
Similar thing happened to me too. I have always worn a helmet for skiing put have never really hit my head or had any nasty falls. While skiing with some work colleagues, one of my clumsy colleagues got her skis caught somewhere while we were getting on the chairlift. Then she somehow wacked me in the head with her skis while trying to re-adjust herself in the chairlift. I still don't understand how someone can be this clumsy --- but this is not the point of my story. I would have had a huge gash on back of my head from her skis if I had not been wearing my helmet. So I definitely think helmets are a good idea for falls and for the strange accidents that can occur.
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The reason I started to wear a helmet years ago was after a friend of mine sustained a head injury falling out a van. OK, he wouldn't have been wearing a helmet but he was being daft and that caused the accident. He has recovered about 95% now but will never be 100% right.

Falling or crashing when you are skiing (or any dangerous activity) and breaking bones, snapping tendons, bruising, grazing, whatever is bloody painful but in most cases heals.

If you get a hefty whack on the head and survive, there is a good chance you will be left brain damaged to a lesser or larger extent for the rest of your life. I could not put my family through the perpetual pain which would follow.
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Old 19.03.2009, 18:09
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I do not, and if it wasn't mandatory to have one on a motorcycle, I'd not wear one then either.

I'm perfectly happy to take the risk of injury in exchange for the extra pleasure of being au naturel.
I notice that you also put paragliding down as one of your interests.

Just out of curiosity, and perhaps to understand more about the perception of risk, do you wear a helmet in that activity?

Thanks!
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Old 19.03.2009, 18:16
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

slightly off topic i know but...

A bike rider I know said to other bike riders without protective gear: whilst they were standing, "now fall directly on to your knees on the road..."

No one without knee pads wanted to do it??? I wonder why??

Maybe if you die in the accident it wouldn't worry you but having to live with the consequences afterwards makes me think twice before hand - double so now that I have 2 kids
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Old 19.03.2009, 18:19
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

After the third day of my skiing experience I started wearing it, ever since Eire and the "pack" bashed me about my daredevilish attitude on the EF. I have learnt the lessons twice and thanks to the helmet, I can still post here.

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