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Should Helmets Be Mandatory For Skiers and Riders?

When the snow falls, skiers and riders hit the slopes, barreling down mountainsides and dodging trees and other people at incredible speeds, and I've often seen helmet-less heads. You may be shocked to hear that between 30 and 60 skiers and snowboarders die on US slopes each year, with head injuries being the most serious threat.

In some states, it's mandatory to wear bike helmets to protect your noggin and prevent serious injuries, so should the same rule apply to skiers and snowboarders?

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babaloo babaloo 7 years
Personal responsibility. The government is already intrusive enough. Companies can be too. Whether I do or do not wear a helmet does not effect anyone else. Let me make the choice or are we completely done with freedom and personal choice and letting our lives be run by someone else?
imightlikeit imightlikeit 7 years
As someone who was a competitive snowboarder for a number of years, including a few podium spots as a top amateur in the nation, you should definitely be able to choose. People who arn't comfortable with board sports or skiing should wear a helmet through their stumbling stages, but in reality, when you slam on a snowboard you usually arn't hitting your head. People should know their boundaries, and personally I wore one half the time when required on competition days, but there should definitely not be a mandatory rule for wearing one. Bull riders wear hats, a lot of trainers and equestrians go sans helmet in the ring and we never wear them while driving...which is probably more dangerous than skiing anyway. If you're scared, or value your brains in critical conditions on-hill, go for it. If not, don't force it on someone else.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
i took a crazy tumble down the mountain once while i was snowboarding and hit my head a few times pretty hard. i can't imagine what would have happened if i wasn't wearing my helmet!!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't ski or snowboard, but if I did, I'd most definitely wear a helmet.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Common sense being in short supply, yes, I agree should be mandatory.
weffie weffie 7 years
I think they should be mandatory, but they shouldn't have to be! People should be smart enough to cover up their skulls without being told to... I really don't see an advantage to having a bare head anyway, it's not like you'll jump higher without all that life-saving brain-protection weighing you down!
Silje Silje 7 years
In Norway, it IS mandatory to wear ski helmets both for skiers and snowboarders in most of/all of (not quite sure) the alpine/downhill centers. If you don't have one, you may borrow one. I think that's great.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 7 years
I would never ski or snowboard without a helmet. Even the hat I wear for winter hikes is padded like a "soft helmet." However, it should definitely be a choice. Stupid people should be allowed to be stupid.
Asche Asche 7 years
I ALWAYS wear a helmet. And I don't want to sound preachy, but I really don't know how people can get on skis or a snowboard without a helmet. I've know people who have suffered very serious head injuries from skiing and snowboarding and I don't wish that on anyone. It changes your life forever.
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