View Poll Results: Should helmets for skiers and snowboarders be required by law?

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  • Yes, helmuts should be mandated for all skiers and snowboarders

    3 13.64%
  • They should be mandated for all minors

    1 4.55%
  • They should be mandated for those under 15

    0 0%
  • Helmuts should be the choice of the individual or their parents or guardians

    11 50.00%
  • Lawmakers should be mandated all go home and quit making laws

    7 31.82%
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Thread: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    Treat it like a bicycle. For minors its the law, for everyone else its simply a good idea.

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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    No, you are already agreeing that skiing/snowboarding is inherently dangerous when you purchase and use your lift ticket (also if you rent equipment there is another waiver involved).

    It is your damn body, it is your damn decision of you want to protect your noggin or not.

    I really hate laws like this, stop frikken babysitting the populace.
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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Treat it like a bicycle. For minors its the law, for everyone else its simply a good idea.
    Pretty much, yeah.

    For the most part I'd prefer the government to stick to issuing advice rather than demands, where personal safety is the issue.


    BTW, helmet is a head protector, Helmut is a grunge band.

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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Pretty much, yeah.

    For the most part I'd prefer the government to stick to issuing advice rather than demands, where personal safety is the issue.


    BTW, helmet is a head protector, Helmut is a grunge band.
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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    Two bills introduced by Democratic lawmakers from Northern California would require minors to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding. One of them also would extend to resort operations, requiring extensive injury reporting, sign posting and safety planning.
    For minors? Yeah. Most parents probably won't let their children go high speed down steep slopes. This legislation would target the ones who swerve around the corner. Minors can't be expected to have the necessary appreciation for security protocol to make an informed decision over whether or not to wear a helmet.
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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Treat it like a bicycle. For minors its the law, for everyone else its simply a good idea.
    I can agree to that.
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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    IMO, yes, regardless if the facility is private or not. When skiiers and snowboarders have to be helicoptered off of the mountain and facilities halted so that emergency services can do their jobs, it costs a lot of money that the injured person might not be able to pay for.

    It's been proven already that helmets reduce the incidence of craniospinal injury. Someone being paralyzed and needing to be medivaced out vs. someone just having a concussion and walking away is a big difference.

    As for bike helmets... it would be a good idea, but at least people ride bikes in urban areas where emergency services are more accessible.

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    Re: Should Helmuts for Skiers and Snowboarders be Required by Law?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Treat it like a bicycle. For minors its the law, for everyone else its simply a good idea.
    I agree that seems like the most reasonable approach to it.

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