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Old 04.11.2010, 16:24
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Got a helmet once I move here and skiing regularly...Would probably feel naked on the slopes without one...Trying to find one for the wife...very difficult....Suggestions...??
Why, has she got a funny shaped head?
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

Not really (but now you mention it...)....Just all those suitable for ladies have stupid coloured patterns and sparkly bits...Just a normal nice helmet for ladies without silly stuff on it would be fine...preferably with closable vents and removable ear covers...

http://www.salomon.com/uk/segment/al...in-helmet.html

But difficult to find the white ones for ladies around here...I have the balck ranger and its fine (not with music)...Helmets do have to be tries on with goggles so buying on the internet is not an option...unless you have tried it on before..

Dare I mention I don't find it agreeable that some people ski/board and smoke Sh*t on the slope....
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Not really (but now you mention it...)....Just all those suitable for ladies have stupid coloured patterns and sparkly bits...Just a normal nice helmet for ladies without silly stuff on it would be fine...preferably with closable vents and removable ear covers...

http://www.salomon.com/uk/segment/al...in-helmet.html

But difficult to find the white ones for ladies around here...I have the balck ranger and its fine (not with music)...Helmets do have to be tries on with goggles so buying on the internet is not an option...unless you have tried it on before..

Dare I mention I don't find it agreeable that some people ski/board and smoke Sh*t on the slope....

My wife bought a simple black one last year - she doesn't really care for all these girly colours. Does your wife really want a white one?
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

I been skiing for ages and seen to many near-misses and a few bad direct hits... Helmet and back protector has become as natural as putting on skiboots - and fortunately it looks cool too!
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

Grave digging..
So today we were out on the mountain. Heard so many English speakers, there were sure to have been some of you guys there.

Of the 7 girls in our group, 6 had ski helmets. Can you guess who was the one who had the collision with some idiot doing a left hand turn without looking?!
Luckily, the thing most bruised was her ego and her confidence. Although her thigh is going to become a beautiful rainbow over the next few weeks.
Could have been a darn sight worse.

Guys, wear a helmet - if not for you, then for the people who care about you.

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After about 58 years skiing, I finally got one in January (Giro) for CHF199 - wore it about 5 times and my little grandson dropped it - cracked at the back. SSS...ugar.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

Yeah. I also wear it for fear some idiot wants to play daredevil around me. I trust myself but I guess I can't have the slope for myself.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

I fell yesterday without a helmet, and slided off the piste until i ended in a snowpile. Luckily, there was no rock hidden in it, or things would have been nasty. I have skied almost every winter since i was 5 and never wore a helmet, but do consider getting 1 now.
First I need a new skisuit though, as the one i had, got the whole back torn off.

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oooops what were you wearing underneath, might I ask. Any pictures lol
Hey glad to hear you didn't hurt yourself.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

I finally got a helmet this year. Partly, the decision was due to the fact in the US, you ski very close to trees compared to most places in Switzerland. Even if you aren't skiing in the actual trees, if you fall you can easily end up in them (maybe that is better than falling off the edge as could happen in CH). Though, not really sure if a helmet will help in a collision with a tree but probably can't hurt..
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

Ahhh the Ski helmet subject.

Personally, I do not wear one. Foolish? Probably.

I wore one the first ever time and felt that it just made me too damn hot. It was a hot day mind. It has to be a decision left to the individual, it is your risk. You know your boundaries or what you are about to undertake. Now if your someone like me who currently enjoys blues and reds and is not a speed adrenalin junky and gets enjoyment from carving down the slopes, then the only real need for a helmet, in my opinion, is if someone clashes into you…………..plausible most definitely, but hasn’t happened to me yet.

If your someone who loves to push the boundaries, speed is your thing, and challenging black runs, then wearing a helmet wouldn’t be a bad idea.

One thing I would add, GLOVES are not just to keep your hands warm people. A few mates from London flew over weekend just gone for a ski weekend, and one of the best skiers in the group cut short his holiday after 1 ½ hours skiing. A very ordinary fall, on a basic run resulted in the lad nearly losing a finger because his ski sliced over it. He severed his tendons and ligaments and may never recover full feeling in the finger. Not good for someone who makes a living teaching guitar and making music.
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Old 08.03.2011, 14:41
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

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Ahhh the Ski helmet subject.

Personally, I do not wear one. Foolish? Probably.

You know your boundaries or what you are about to undertake. Now if your someone like me who currently enjoys blues and reds and is not a speed adrenalin junky and gets enjoyment from carving down the slopes, then the only real need for a helmet, in my opinion, is if someone clashes into you…………..plausible most definitely, but hasn’t happened to me yet.
It's not just someone crashing into you.

From this morning's paper (okay, it's the Mail but anyway...).

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Carol Tolson, 55, lost control, fell and suffered severe head injuries while on the slopes with her husband Robin.
Mr Tolson was just a few yards behind her and saw the fall. He helped her to her feet, but she complained of a severe headache and collapsed in front of him.

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Old 08.03.2011, 14:43
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

Bought a helmet in the sales several years ago but never used it. But as my son wears one he kept asking why I did not wear one.... even had it in the car for a couple of ski trips but never put it on. But have now started wearing it and must admit, don't really notice it.

Doesn't matter how good you are, if somebody else crashes into you, then this can really hurt. I know a few people this has happened to, and wearing a helmet help in those situations.

I myself have not had a fall or accident skiing where a helmet would have helped (but does not mean it won't happen). But had a nasty fall on a snowboard on a very hard/icy piste.
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It's not just someone crashing into you.

From this morning's paper (okay, it's the Mail but anyway...).
I read that article - and the tone is very much "Go to the alps to die!". Although I sympathise for anyone who has lost someone - they appear all to be accidents - with a number of them being preventable. The boy on the lift should have removed his rucksack (as per the signs), the guy tumbling after his lift pass just shouldn't have gone after it.

Skiing/boarding are both dangerous sports - and you will, at some point, injure yourself - major or minor - it will happen.
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

An interesting argument by UK doctors in this article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/p...insurance.html

""Skiing-related head injuries are rare: based on the study's data we estimate that one head injury would be expected for every 11,111 skiing outings. It is important to bear this low risk in mind.

Doctors have also argued that a recreational skier normally travels at 25-40mph, while protecting the head properly against a direct impact at 30mph would require a helmet at least 7in thick, 20in wide and weighing more than 11 pounds. "

I wear a helmet - your chance of a head injury has to be reduced by wearing one, even if it is not 7inches thick!
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Re: Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

Some information from the BMJ: 2011;342:d857

Helmets for skiers and snowboarders - Editorial by Ruedl G et al.

Head injuries occur in 9-19% of all injuries reported by ski patrols and are a leading cause of death.[1,2]

...skiers and snowboarders with a helmet were significantly less likely than those without a helmet to have a head injury (odds ratio 0.65, 95%CI: 0.55-0.79). In those aged <13 yrs OR 0.41, 95%CI 0.27-0.59.[1,2]

Evidence that wearing a helmet can increase spinal injuries due to biomechanical stresses is inconclusive.[2,3]

Risk-compensation hypothesis is somewhat unclear: survey of skiers found that helmet use was equally distributed amongst self-reported fast and slow skiers.[4] Same study found that advanced skiers tended to wear helmets (significantly more than non-advanced),[4,5] while risk-taking behaviour was similar across helmeted and non-helmeted skiers.[4]

Victims of collisions are injured more often and more severely than those causing the collision.[6]

Most head injuries happen when the head hits snow (74%), vs. other skiers (10%) and fixed objects (13%).[7]

In terms of vision, helmets did not slow reaction times, while goggles did.[8]

Happy skiing.

1. Ruedl G et al. Dtsch Z Sportmed 2010;61;97-102
2. Russel K et al. CMAJ 2010;182:333-40
3. Hagel BE. Am J Epidemiol 2010;171:1334-43
4. Ruedl G et al. Br J Sports Med 2010;44:204-6
5. Sulheim S et al. JAMA 2006;296:919-24
6. Burtscher M et al. ASTM International 1996;73-6
7. Greve MW et al. Wilderness Eviron Med 2009;20:234-8
8. Ruedl G et al. Wilderness Eviron Med (submitted)
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I finally got a helmet this year. Partly, the decision was due to the fact in the US, you ski very close to trees compared to most places in Switzerland. Even if you aren't skiing in the actual trees, if you fall you can easily end up in them (maybe that is better than falling off the edge as could happen in CH). Though, not really sure if a helmet will help in a collision with a tree but probably can't hurt..

Yes, helmets DO help when a tree jumps out in front of you. (or behind you if you end up flying backwards like I did) Trust me.
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