Flying down the mountain on skis is an exhilarating experience, but it can be dangerous as well, especially for kids. In order to keep your kids safe on the slopes, teach them the rules of the slopes and provide them with best protective equipment. According to LidsOnKids.org, the best helmets reduce the chances of suffering a head injury while skiing by 30 to 50 percent. Safety helmets for skiers are designed for snowboarders as well.
The best helmets for kids and everyone else are certified by the American Society of Testing and Materials or the Snell Memorial Foundation. The standards of Snell are the most stringent, so in terms of safety, a Snell certified helmet is the best. As LidsOnKids explains, a helmet might not protect your child from injury if he's skiing like a maniac and hurtles head-on into a tree. But a helmet could mean the difference between an minor and major injury. And at slower speeds, helmets can prevent injuries entirely.
Full or Half Shells
The best types of ski helmets for kids are full and half shells. According to Ski.com, both offer excellent protection. Full shells offer a complete shell over the ears; half shells use a soft, removable piece over the ears. Many kids like half shells -- you can remove the ear piece to get more ventilation through the helmet. However, if your kids are competitive skiers or snowboarders, the best helmet is a full shell, which gives them a bit more protection and sometimes come with an attachment for a chin guard.
Fit for the Mountain
In order to derive the maximum protection from a ski helmet, correct fitting is essential. The best helmets for kids fit snugly, resting midway on the forehead between the eyebrow line and the hair line. Because sizes between brands are not always uniform, the best way to get the right helmet is to bring your child to a ski or sporting good shop to be measured and correctly fitted.
Don't Cut Corners
According to Skis.com, the best helmets "are designed to take a single major impact." However, once that occurs, it's time to buy a new helmet. A collision can break the outer shell or inner foam cushioning of the best helmets, which are deliberately designed to crack in order absorb energy and lessen impact go to the head and brain. So the best helmets don't necessarily last the longest.