When you’re barreling down a hill with your feet strapped in your bindings, it’s easy to lose control and it’s easy to get injured.
It isn’t uncommon for someone to take a spill while travelling at high speeds down the slopes on either a set of skis or a snowboard. Usually, this is just part of the thrill.
But sometimes, a fall can take a turn for the worst and place someone in a life or death battle. Although a helmet won’t always save your life, it seems obvious to me why they are a necessary item in ones outdoor activity garb.
Over the weekend, at least two individuals lost their life on Alberta ski hills. A 27-year-old man and a 55-year-old man. They men may very well have been wearing a helmet, but unfortunately, their injuries caused death.
Some may argue, and I heard this argument by several individuals when I was snowboarding in the mountains over the weekend, that a helmet isn’t necessarily going to save your life.
This is true, but to these individuals, I pose the obvious question: is wearing a helmet going to decrease your chance of survival?
I think not.
This argument is the same as saying that wearing a seatbelt isn’t necessarily going to save your life. This is true, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
It might cramp your style to put a helmet on your head, but just think, next time you take a fall, this protective barrier could absorb the impact so your skull doesn’t have to.
If this isn’t a no brainer, I truly don’t know what is.