Ski & Snowboard Helmets

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Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular winter sports in North America. Although the sport is generally safe, you can make it even safer by opting to wear a ski helmet while you’re on the slopes.
Ski and snowboard helmets are a bit different from any regular helmet that you’d wear to ride a bicycle. A ski helmet is a special helmet designed for life on the slopes. There are some specific protective features and safety tech that you should look for when shopping for a helmet. And yes, everyone who gets on a snowboard or pair of skis needs to wear a helmet (even you, backcountry skiers).

The best ski helmets to keep you protected

So what should you look for in a ski or snowboard helmet? We’re glad you asked.
Most helmets come with a hard outer shell. This is usually made from plastic and is a non-negotiable attribute. You want it to be hard to protect you against any sharp objects ...that you might encounter on your path.
Most helmets come with ventilation, but not all vents are created equal. Adjustable vents allow the athlete to choose how much air they’d like to let in. Fixed vents provide ventilation at all times, which gives you a bit less control over your temperature regulation.
Ski and snowboard helmets often come with ear pads. These are usually removable so that you can clean them easily. It also means that you can remove them if you’re overheating.
One important thing to keep in mind when choosing a helmet is goggle compatibility. Most goggles that you buy nowadays will fit with the majority of ski helmets, but the last thing you want is a gap between your goggles and helmet. That’s just a recipe for a really unpleasant day on the hill.

Top brands offering ski helmets

Whether you’re backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, or living the wild lifestyle of freestyle riders, there is a company that makes a helmet for you.
Smith Optics is a trusted name in ski helmets. They make affordable but high-quality models for women, men, and kids. Smith Optics carries helmets in a variety of sizes and styles. The Smith Vantage line of helmets is among the company’s most popular.
Other top-selling brands making ski and snowboard helmets include Atomic, Marker, POC, and Giro.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of helmet do you need for skiing?

Your ski helmet should conform with European or North American standards for safety in ski helmets. You can ensure that your helmet does by shopping at a reputable retailer.

Is a ski helmet worth it?

Yes, a ski helmet is a no brainer. It can save your life.

Do you need a ski helmet to ski?

Yes, it is recommended that all skiers (and snowboarders) use a helmet.

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