The History Man wrote:
What about skiers and snowboarders elsewhere?
Some areas in Europe have compulsory helmet wearing for kids and some winter sports insurance also specify helmet wearing.
I like 'em cos , between helmet, goggles and buff, I keep a whole lot warmer.
Snow sport helmets have more in common with motorcycle helmets than bicycle helmets - they cover the entire head/ears with plenty of padding and mostly with nothing sticking out (so when you hit the ground at speed your head is less likely to be dragged round injuring your neck).
It's interesting to read this entire thread - it echoes exactly the same debate I've seen so often in the motorcycling world.
I've had falls from motorcycles, mountain bikes, snowboards and horses. I would not personally go out without a helmet. But I like that to be my choice and not something I'm compelled to do.
All to their own and we should all respect it.
1993 Cannondale Killer V - ancient & battered like its rider.
A newish Dawes road bike called Jim and a 2004 Claud Butler Cape Wrath.