Three skiers enjoying Loon Mountain
Serious Fun Guide

Serious Fun Guide: Helmet Safety

Helmet Safety - Knowledge for your Noggin'

Will I be safer wearing a helmet?

If you wear a helmet while riding a bike, why not wear one while skiing or snowboarding? Helmets have been shown to reduce the severity of head injuries, and they're most effective at speeds under 13 mph. The takeaway: always wear a helmet, and always ski or ride in control.

Why are helmets becoming so popular?

Ride a chairlift today, and odds are that most of your companions are wearing helmets. Why? Helmets are lightweight, warm, and give you serious slope cred. Why wouldn't you wear a helmet?

Are there helmets specifically designed for snowsports?

You bet there are. Helmets designed specifically for skiing or snowboarding are insulated and have better coverage than a typical bicycle helmet. You don't want to ski or ride wearing a bicycle helmet. It's not safe, and it's definitely not cool.

What are some tips to assist me if I decide to buy a helmet?

The fit of your helmet is most important. A properly-fitted helmet should be snug, but shouldn't obscure vision or hearing. Your local ski shop, or Loon Mountain Sports here at the mountain, can help you find the helmet that's right for you. 

Where can I get more information about helmets?

Call or visit a ski and snowboard shop; visit a helmet manufacturer's website; or go to www.lidsonkids.org.

Loon Mountain Helmet PolicyLids on Kids logo

Guest safety is a fundamental value of Loon Mountain. The most important factor in safety remains the manner in which our guests participate in the sport. We continue to respect the guest's option of choosing whether to use a helmet. Loon recommends that participants in all of their snowsports programs wear an approved, snowsports specific helmet, either a rental helmet, or their own. We acknowledge that no helmet can protect the wearer against all possible, or foreseeable impacts and injuries to the head. Reasonably foreseeable impacts may exceed the capabilities of the helmet to protect against injury. The helmet is designed to offer added protection to the head and cannot guard against neck, spine, or other bodily injuries that may result from a ski or snowboard accident. Therefore, the use of a helmet does not and cannot guarantee guest safety and may not prevent or reduce some types of serious injuries or death.

Loon Mountain also acknowledges that guests must become educated in the appropriate fit and sizing of the helmet. The helmet should fit snugly, yet comfortably with the chin strap buckled at all times while engaged in snowsports activities. Loon further acknowledges that the existing body of research indicates that at speeds of greater than 13 miles per hour, the helmet may not provide adequate protection against a serious head injury, if the head directly impacts a fixed object. Our goal is to educate and inform our guests so that they can make informed decisions about all aspects of safety. Again, we continue to respect the guest's option of choice.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Use your head - Wear a helmet!
Robert
Seattle