Helmet Use

The Canadian Ski Patrol System strongly recommends the use of ski and snowboard helmets by its members and anyone participating in alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, and other related snow sliding activities.

Look Sharp. Be Smart. Always Wear A Helmet.

Providing services in over 200 resorts across Canada, with approximately 5,000 highly trained volunteers who are on the slopes and trails promoting safety and injury prevention, we encourage new skiers/riders to take lessons, follow the Alpine and Nordic responsibility codes, and wear a helmet.

Helmets are not a substitute for being "aware". Being safety conscious on the slopes leads to greater enjoyment and better management of the risks that are present here as in all outdoor sports.

The good news is that, according to the Canada Ski Council, there has been an increase in helmet usage on the slopes, particularly by youth.

The National Consumer Profile and Satisfaction Survey, conducted annually by the Canadian Ski Council, (CSC) has been tracking helmet usage by skiers and riders for the last 4 years.

Overall, helmet usage has increased from 67% of all skiers and riders in 2006 to 71% in 2010. The greatest growth in helmet usage is in the 55 to 64 age group, which has increased to 76% in 2010 from 39% in 2005.

Usage is highest in New Brunswick at 95%, followed by Newfoundland (75%), Alberta (73%) and Quebec (77%).

For more information on helmets, visit myhelmet.ca.

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