Ski and Snowboard Safety

Skiing and snowboarding are wonderful winter activities. As with any sport, skiing and snowboarding challenge the participant and require skills that build with time and practice. Yet it is not without dangers. One danger is the risk of experiencing a head injury. This risk of injury can be reduced with the use of a helmet.

For more information contact Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital Injury Prevention Line at 715.387.9600.


Ski and Snowboard Safety

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A helmet can make a difference during falls or collisions by preventing the injury from occurring or reducing the severity of the injury.
1. Head injuries are the most frequent reason for hospital admission among skiers and snowboarders.
2. The most common cause of death of those on the slopes is head injuries.
3. Helmet use is associated with up to a 60 percent reduction in the risk of head injury.


No. Purchase a helmet designed specifically for recreational snow sports and check its safety features. Helmet models are not the same, nor do they provide the same level of protection.


No. A helmet should be properly fitted for the wearer and should fit snugly. Proper fit is important for maximum protection and comfort.


Helmet use has been increasing on the slopes over the last several years. Join the growing group of men, women and children who are protecting their brains through the use of a helmet. 48 percent of U.S. skiers and snowboarders overall wore helmets during the 2008 – 2009 ski season. Only 25 percent of skiers and boarders wore helmets during the 2002 – 2003 season.
• 77 percent of children 9 years old or younger wear ski helmets
• 66 percent of children between 10 and 14 wear ski helmets
• 63 percent of adults over the age of 65 wear ski helmets
• 32 percent of skiers and boarders ages 18 to 24 wear a helmet


Check this out: Helmet use INCREASES with the skier’s ability!

• 26 percent of beginners wear helmets
• 38 percent of intermediates wear helmets
• 55 percent of advanced skiers and boarders wear helmets

Wearing a protective helmet is an important part of safety on the slopes for children and adults. Wear a helmet and protect your brain. Safety should be your first priority.

Sources: National Ski Areas Association (accessed 01.20.10). Available online at: and Sulheim S, Holme I, Ekeland A, Bahr R. Helmet Use and Risk of head Injuries in Alpine Skiers and Snowboarders. JAMA. 2006; 295(8):919-924


For more information contact Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital Injury Prevention Line at 715.387.9600.

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