Helmets in Skiing - FAQ’S

1. Has the number of people who wear helmets increased?

According to http://www.skihelmets.com/, 44% of skiers currently wear a helmet and 42% are intending to wear one the next time they visit the slopes. One reason for this growth is that out of 84,200 winter sports injuries recorded last season, 17,500 were head related and new technology has given them better ventilation and made them more comfortable and lighter.

2. When buying a helmet are there any standards that I should be aware of?

Helmets need to comply with one of three standard systems.

The first is the Common European Norm (CEN) and this is the European ski helmet standard. CEN 1077 was issued in 1996.

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) where all helmets must show that they have reached standard F2040.
Snell Memorial Foundation, Snell RS-98 and this is arguably the most stringent standard.

3. Will wearing a helmet give me 100% protection in an accident?

Helmets are not 100% efficient, especially at high speeds or in a head on clash. To increase their effectiveness it is essential that the helmet fits properly at the time of purchase. When buying a helmet for a child it should not be seen as an investment for the child to grow into. Some research also suggests that wearing a helmet decreases the chance of whiplash.

4. How do I fit a helmet?

Helmet size is measuresd by the circumference of your head just above your eyebrows. When putting the helmet onto your head, align the front of the helmet with your eyebrows and pull down on both straps until it is comfortable. There should be no gaps between the lining of the helmet and your head and ensure that the back of the helmet does not touch the back of your neck. Goggles should fit comortably over the helmet.
 

5. How much will I expect to pay for a helmet?

Adult helmets start at around £50 and go up to £150. The difference in price relates to the type of material used to make the helmet or they may have the added benefit of allowing you to listen to your phone or radio in the helmet. Helmets for children are slightly cheaper and range from £30-£70.

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