The rundown is there is a state legislator in California who is proposing a law that would require helmets for skiers and snowboarders under age 18. It is modeled after a similar law that requires helmets for kids riding bicycles.
We’ve all been down the path of mandatory motorcycle laws. It makes total sense, but many bikers resist it. Same is true of skiers and snowboarders. But that fact remains that skiers and boarders are trying new, more difficult and higher-speed moves that are inherently risky. And if you remember from last year, a famous model died during ski lessons from a routine fall — made worse by the fact that she was not wearing a helmet.
I used to ski without one. I’m a convert. There’s plenty of information out there that shows helmet use can reduce traumatic head injuries significantly. More ski states should consider what that California lawmaker is proposing, and hopefully the rest of the California Assembly sees the wisdom of it.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Protect that noggin!