Skiers Becoming Smarter: Helmet Usage and Sales on the Rise

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on June 5, 2009 10:50 am

The skier without the helmet is fast becoming the anomaly, much like the last generation of hockey players skating the ice without a helmet.  No helmet?  What possibly can you be thinking??

According to a study by the National Ski Areas Association (NSSA), this past ski season 48 percent of skiers and riders wore helmets.  That’s up five percent from the previous year.  Helmet sales have increased 43% over the past two years.

The sample cell for the study was large: 130,000.  The findings also showed:
    * 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; and
   * Helmet usage by skiers and boarders aged 18 to 24 is currently 32 percent, representing a 78 percent increase in usage for this age group since the 2002-03 season, when only 18 percent wore helmets.

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