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7 Ski Tips: Helmets for Kids
Helmets save lives. Luckily, as far as kids are concerned,
some of them can even be regarded as cool. Adults
too should set an example and helmet-up. Here are 7
hard facts you should know.
1No helmet, no ski. This should be the #1
rule for your kids. Skiing and
snowboarding are high-risk sports – just
ask the insurance company – and
accidents can happen even
on green runs.
2Kids are more susceptible to
brain injury because of their
developing, softer skulls, so
for your children, helmets are
vital. The good news is ski
schools in Australia won’t let
your child ski without a hard
hat. Adults should take note
and follow suit.
3Fit is the #1 priority when hiring
or buying a helmet. Helmets
should be snug and firmly fitted,
but not so tight they are
uncomfortable. Before you shop
measure your child’s size by
wrapping a tape measure around
their head just above their ears.
Armed with this number you can
then try on for comfort. Make
sure goggles fit properly around
a helmet, so take them along or
buy a pair at the same time.
4If you want your child to actually wear the helmet you buy, style
counts too. As any teen snowboarder will tell you, what is cool in
helmets changes every year, so try and choose something that
won’t be out of fashion by next season. Luckily helmets come in a
great variety of colours and designs. Giro, Protec, Red and Smith
all have good ranges of kids’ and teen headgear.
5Ask what activities are available.
Wear it right. The helmet should be positioned low
enough in the front to protect the forehead with no gap
between hat and goggles, but not so low as to push
the goggles onto the nose or restrict vision. Look for an
adjustable dial at the back to alter the tightness.
6The shake test. Get your child to
nod their head to make sure the
helmet doesn’t wiggle, then tilt the
helmet forward and back and side
to side – the skin and the forehead
should move without the
7If the helmet is involved in a serious crash it
should always be replaced, even if it appears
undamaged. Wear and tear, being banged
around or dropped on the ground after
a hard day’s skiing can also make
helmets less effective because
foam lining acts like a car airbag
and shouldn’t be compressed