Educate your child about the benefits and limitations of the helmet. Wearing a helmet doesn’t give permission to ski or snowboard faster or recklessly. When your child wears a ski helmet, remember you may have to speak louder to get their attention because a helmet may slightly stifle their hearing. Make sure the helmet fits correctly. A Snow Sport helmet is only as effective as its fit.  A helmet is not an item you buy for your child to grow into.  Please visit our sizing chart to help choose the correct size helmet for your child.

Did You Know?

Nationally, 48.2 percent of skiers and snowboarders are part of a family with children at home (either parents with kids, 39.1% or kids 17 and under 9.2%), according to the NSAA National Demographic Study.

Helmet Usage

Information from the 2012/13 National Demographic Survey

  • 70.8 percent of survey respondents were wearing a helmet when interviewed, up from 66.8 percent last season (2011/12) and 24.7 percent in 2002/03.
  • Helmet usage increases with ability level, rising from 55 percent usage by beginners, to 68 percent by intermediates, to 78 percent by advanced/expert participants.
  • Helmet usage is higher for children aged 9 and under (88.8 percent) and 10 – 14 (83.2 percent), and adults aged 55 – 64 (76.0 percent) and 65+ (80.8 percent), than for other age groups. Helmet usage is lowest among 18 – 24 year olds (62.1 percent).

Prepared by the National Ski Areas Association