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    Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I love to ski. I usually get about 20 days a year in colorado. I rarely wear a helmet. After the accident with Natasha Richardson, Canada ski resorts might make a helmet mandatory law.

    What do you other skiers think about a mandatory helmet law?

    My personal opinion might be helmets mandatory in terrain parks but otherwise ski at your own risk.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I think its fine for Canadians. Considering states have varying degrees (strict, lax, or none) of motorcycle and bicycle laws, for skiing I think its ridiculous. Caveat, I've been skiing since I was 5.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I dont think it should be mandatory, but I wear a helmet when I am snowboarding now.

    The last trip to colorado, I caught the front edge on a mogul and slammed my head into a rock. It was so hard that it cracked my helmet. If I had not been wearing it I may have died or at the very least had a concussion. I highly recommend helmets now.


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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I don't ski any longer, but did through my younger years and never once wore a helmet.

    What happened is tragic. But what we're hearing now is knee jerk reactions. Not dis-similar to when that AAA base coach was killed a year or two ago. There was talk about extending the nets down the foul lines to protect the fans, so on and so forth. In the end, they made the coaches wear helmets, and that's it.

    Someday soon, someone will look at the numbers and realize that more people probably die from bee stings in Canada every year, than blunt force trauma on the slopes.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I won't wear a helmet when I ski or ride a bike.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I wear a helmet when snowboarding, never when skiing.


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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I don't ski any longer, but did through my younger years and never once wore a helmet.

    What happened is tragic. But what we're hearing now is knee jerk reactions. Not dis-similar to when that AAA base coach was killed a year or two ago. There was talk about extending the nets down the foul lines to protect the fans, so on and so forth. In the end, they made the coaches wear helmets, and that's it.

    Someday soon, someone will look at the numbers and realize that more people probably die from bee stings in Canada every year, than blunt force trauma on the slopes.
    This.

    Yes, skiing/snowboarding with helmets has been an issue on the rise lately, but the only reason why it's being discussed to such great detail/being legislated on now is simply because of Natasha Richardson. Is it a good idea to wear a helmet skiing? Probably as good of an idea as it is for me to wear a helmet when I bicycle, which I don't (although I'll probably consider it more now that I have a daughter, as I want to be a good example to her). Should it be legislated on? No opinion.

    Then again, perhaps wearing a helmet for everyday activities should be made mandatory - I once gave myself a concussion getting ready to take a nap on a couch in the MWL commons. The couch was pushed a little further under the stairs than I realized, and when I threw myself into the couch I whipped my head back and it bounced off the concrete, knocking myself out. Then again, I'd probably rather deal with the day or two that I had to deal with the effects of being concussed than trade in my dignity and wear a helmet daily for the rest of my life and not worry about ever obtaining a head injury ever again...


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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I don't ski any longer, but did through my younger years and never once wore a helmet.

    What happened is tragic. But what we're hearing now is knee jerk reactions. Not dis-similar to when that AAA base coach was killed a year or two ago. There was talk about extending the nets down the foul lines to protect the fans, so on and so forth. In the end, they made the coaches wear helmets, and that's it.

    Someday soon, someone will look at the numbers and realize that more people probably die from bee stings in Canada every year, than blunt force trauma on the slopes.
    Heard a stat on the radio yesterday that said skiing is way down the line for dangerous sports. Even behind swimming. This is just one of those incidents where the vocal minority will be chiming out now because one of their beloved stars lost their lives. I'm not trying to be some moral dictator here, but it really kicks me in the craw when a celebrity has some kind of oddball accident and the world goes all gaga for them. Believe me, I feel for her husband and family, but no more for them than I would any other person who died needlessly in the world today.

    None the less, I probably would wear a helmet if I skied now. I just never thought of it, 10 years ago, when I was more into the sport.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    Why anyone wouldn't wear a helmet bicycling is a mystery to me.

    I bike semi-frequently. Road and off-road. My bike club travels internationally every other year for multi-week treks - so I get some miles in.

    With the accidents I've seen - I don't even think twice about strapping on a helmet.

    And no - nobody is "that good" of a biker. Most accidents are out of the biker's control.

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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Why anyone wouldn't wear a helmet bicycling is a mystery to me.

    I bike semi-frequently. Road and off-road. My bike club travels internationally every other year for multi-week treks - so I get some miles in.

    With the accidents I've seen - I don't even think twice about strapping on a helmet.

    And no - nobody is "that good" of a biker. Most accidents are out of the biker's control.

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    I understand your point. It's also been about 10 years since I've bicycled on a regular basis (for all I know my $100-at-the-time bike is still locked up in front of Helser, and I've been graduated for almost 6 years), and my views on helmet-wearing have changed since January 8th. Just don't think it should be forced upon anyone.


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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I'm learning to snowboard, and a helmet is a must in my book. I took a hard fall the first time I was out and pretty sure I gave myself a mild concussion. I can only imagine what it would be like if I hadn't had one on.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    Am a snowboarder, former skier, who has never worn a helmet. I think it should be a personal judgement and not something that is regulated. What another source of revenue for states to collect, I will however, even though I'm a "badass", most likely purchase a helmet for next season...out-of-bounds is my love and I've flown through some pretty insane terrain around the globe. I still find it hard to believe this accident occurred on an easy slope with an instructor. My mother went skiing when she was pregnant with my lil sister, granted she knows how, but still its hard to see how it happened (NR's accident) with the instructor and all.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    I was in Red Lodge, Montana last weekend snowboarding. A friend and I were on our way to the vehicle to make some sandwiches for lunch. Some tool decided to make some comment towards us. We were both carrying our helmets and he said "Hey guys! just coming from the safety meeting?" This was coming from a guy getting into a car wearing a Lebron James Jersey on a mountain. All I could say was. Better get in your Ford Taurus and hustle to your game tonight Lebron. I know a weak comeback, but I still find it amazing how people can make unprovoked, dumb, rude comments to people they don't even know.



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    Re: Skiing and Helmets. Whats your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycurtis View Post
    I love to ski. I usually get about 20 days a year in colorado. I rarely wear a helmet. After the accident with Natasha Richardson, Canada ski resorts might make a helmet mandatory law.

    What do you other skiers think about a mandatory helmet law?

    My personal opinion might be helmets mandatory in terrain parks but otherwise ski at your own risk.
    I didn't wear one until I worked for a season at the clinic at the base of Copper Mountain. Saw a lot of bad **** that was preventable. I ALWAYS wear one now. You never know when your ski disengages from your boot, unexpected rocks come through, other skiiers boarders out of control or you just slip and fall. Not worth being dead or stupid the rest of your life for something as cheap and comfortable as a ski helmet.



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