A few years back, wearing ski helmets was uncool but now everyone
wears ski helmets. Whether it’s popular or not, wearing ski helmets
can save your life. Concussions and serious brain trauma is one of
the highest on mountain injuries from skiing, and can be prevented
by wearing ski helmets. It’s not only kids and skiers in the
terrain park who need to be wearing ski helmets, EVERYONE should be
in a ski helmet. Unseen ice patches and collisions with other
skiers or snowboarders (often who are less experienced than you)
are causes of many head injuries on the mountain.
There are many different brands and price ranges for ski helmets
and it can be tough to choose the right one. All the ski helmets
carried by Bobs Sports Chalet are certified, which means it has
been tested and rated for on mountain crashes and collisions. Once
a helmet has been in an accident with impact to the helmet, the
helmet’s structural integrity is compromised and should be
replaced. Even if you can’t see cracking or damage, there is most
likely damage on the inside of the helmet and it will no longer
guarantee protection in another accident so DON’T RISK IT just get
a new helmet. There are a few select helmets on the market that are
“multi impact” which can be used after more than one impact, check
with your helmet manufacture or product literature to see if you
have one of these helmets.
Pricing on Ski Helmets
Are more expensive ski helmets safer? The answer is no. All
certified ski helmets, no matter the price, will provide the same
amount of protection. So why are some ski helmets more expensive
than others? Style and features are the main factor in the price of
a helmet. Generally a more expensive helmet will be more
comfortable because of better padding, they have adjustable venting
to easily regulate warmth, and most of the good ski helmets have an
adjustable size dial to make the helmet fit better (and safer)!
The Difference Between Ski Helmets and Snowboard Helmets
There is no difference between ski helmets and snowboard helmets.
They both will equally protect you in an accident and they have the
same safety certifications. It’s also a myth that “Race helmets”
are safer. The only difference between a race helmet and a
recreational helmet is the race helmet has hard ear flaps to
prevent gates from slapping your face when racing. With all this
being said, it is true that some brands are associated more with
snowboarding, and some are better associated with skiing but it is
very common to see skiers in a “snowboard helmet” and vice versa.
So don’t worry about losing style points or looking like a gaper,
nobody cares what brand helmet is on your head. What you need to be
concerned with is ski helmet fitting.
How Should Ski Helmets Fit?
A good fitting helmet should be snug but comfortable. Some of the
nicer ski helmets also have a sizing adjustment so you can fine
tune the fit perfectly to your head. It’s not recommend that you
wear a beanie or hat under a helmet unless it’s “helmet
compatible”. Different brands fit better on different head
shapes, and it’s tough to really tell if a helmet will fit you
properly until you put it on. When you get a ski helmet on your
head you want all parts of the inside of the helmet to make contact
with your head.