Colorado Ski Country USA strongly encourages EVERYONE to wear a helmet while skiing or riding. Skiing or riding in a safe and controlled manner is the biggest factor in having a safe day on the slopes.
Helmets provide added protection when you fall. Wearing a helmet doesn’t give you permission to ski or snowboard recklessly.
According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), helmet usage has grown dramatically over the last two decades. The overall percentage of skiers and riders wearing helmets increased from 25% in the 2002–2003 season to 90% in the 2021–2022 season.
At some resorts, helmets are mandatory for children taking lessons as part of ski and snowboard school, and many resorts offer inexpensive daily helmet rentals. Ski helmets can be purchased anywhere you can buy skis or snowboards.
The most important consideration when buying or renting a helmet for your child is to make sure it fits properly.
A ski and snowboard helmet is not something to grow into. It’s very important that the helmet fits snugly and is secured with the helmet strap.
Helmets designed for other uses (bike, skate, baseball, etc.) should not be used for skiing and snowboarding. Be sure the helmet you purchase meets the specific design and safety criteria for skiing and snowboarding.
Before purchasing a helmet, it’s a good idea to spend time researching helmet manufacturer websites for design information, fitting instructions, and other specifications. Not all helmets fit the same, so it’s important to try on several different helmet brands and styles to find the one that fits your child the best.