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How to dress up a helmet.

My husband had a nasty fall on Friday. I knew it was bad when I heard  a crack as his head slammed down on the hard pack.

Luckily, he was wearing a helmet, and except for a little neck and shoulder soreness, he came out of it okay. Phew.

I don’t mean to turn this into a piece about whether or not helmets makes sense. People seem to feel pretty passionately about this one way or the other, so I’ll just direct you to a recent article in the NY Times on the value of wearing a helmet.  (Go here.)  Me, I’m definitely in the pro-helmet camp. Hey, I’d wrap myself in bubble wrap if it’d keep me from getting injured.

One of the objections some people have about helmets is that they’re not very attractive. I think that’s become less of an argument now that they’re more common. But there are things you can do to make your helmet look a little bit less like a bowling ball. A friend of mine decorates hers with stickers.

Hey, isn’t that a SkiDiva sticker I see on there?

But stickers aren’t for everyone. For those who like a bit more style, here’s another option: A helmet band from Helmet BandIts. This is a velcro strap you can fasten around your helmet to turn it into a real fashion statement.

Here I am wearing one at Wildcat (NH), on my recent Ski Safari:


What I like about it is that it’s easy to put on and take off, so you can either wear it or not, depending on your mood. It stays on, too. I wore it up the lift in a pretty stiff wind, and skied down without it coming loose or falling off. The BandIts come in a variety of fur options. But don’t worry — this is faux fur, so no animals were harmed. Another cool thing: apres ski, you can take it off and use it as a scarf to dress up your jacket or sweater. There are matching wrist cuffs, too.

What you do with your helmet is up to you. Leave it alone, plaster it with stickers, dress it up with a Helmet BandIt. But really, the most important thing is to wear one. I do. And I’m sure glad my husband does, too.


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Use Your Head.

Who here doesn’t wear a helmet? [looks around room]

I do. And proudly so. But not everyone does. Some argue that a helmet really doesn’t offer much protection in the event of a high speed crash. Or that they ski carefully, so there’s really no need. Or that they just don’t like the way it looks.

Me,  I just feel safer in one. That doesn’t mean I think that wearing one allows me to ski like a maniac or indulge in risky behavior. I’m just one to take precautions. I wear a seat belt when I’m in a car. And I wear a bike helmet when biking. So to me, wearing a ski helmet is sort of like that. If there’s a chance it’ll help me avoid a head injury, then I’m all for it. My husband had a nasty crash a couple years ago and actually cracked his helmet. If that’d been his skull, I’d be a widow right now. So yes, I think wearing a helmet makes sense.

More and more, it seems like helmets have become the usual rather than the exception.  At some resorts, helmets are mandatory for children in ski school. A good idea, I think. Personally, I think all ski instructors and patrollers should be required to wear them, as well, to set a good example for the kids.

So how do you know if a ski helmet fits?

Simple. Try it on. It should fit snugly, but not too tight. It shouldn’t rock back and forth when you shake your head. If the skin on your forehead moves, you have a good fit. It ‘s important to keep in mind that not all helmets fit the same. Head shape is a factor in your helmet selection as well. In most cases, your helmet will fit if you get the right size, but there are circumstances where the helmet will not fit due to the shape of the helmet and the shape of your head. In cases like this, you may have to try on a few different models to find the right one.

And if you think helmets look dorky, maybe you need to amp it up a level or two. Check these blingy models out from Ice Couture:

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Do you make your kids wear a helmet?

A lot of people do. Yet some of these same people refuse to wear one themselves.

I’ve heard all the arguments: I don’t fall much, I don’t ski fast, I’m very careful, It’s not comfortable, etc. etc. etc..

Look, whether or not you wear a helmet is a personal choice (though in my opinion, a misguided one). But it doesn’t set a good example for your child if you don’t wear a helmet and you make them wear one.

This past season my husband fell in a very easy area — he just caught an edge and went down — and his head hit so hard that his helmet cracked. I shudder to think what would’ve happened if he didn’t have one on.

All kids should wear helmets. All patrollers and instructors should wear helmets.

In fact, I think everyone should wear helmets.

They’re not just for kids.

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