Monthly Archives: Aug 2012

Should I Wear a Helmet When Skiing or Snowboarding?

After many years without a helmet, today I would not think of skiing or riding without one. Helmets not only protect from many head injuries, they are warm and comfortable.


Should I Wear a Helmet When Skiing or Snowboarding?

by Karen La Borde

In 2011 the NHS reported that current studies on the benefits of wearing a helmet whilst skiing or snowboarding had several shortcomings. Whilst some concluded wearing a helmet can reduce head injuries by 35% in adults and 59% in children, the NHS claimed most of these studies lacked adequate sampling of control groups, an unclear definition of what actually constitutes a head injury and no consideration of the consequences of the actual fit of a helmet.

So as skiers and snowboarders, should we wear a helmet? What do we gain and what do we lose?

The NHS maintain that the actual risk of head injury for skiers and snowboarders is relatively low. Only 1 in 11,111 ski or snowboard outings result in an head injury and serious head injuries which cause fatalities are extremely rare.

Helmets are most effective if collisions happen at low speeds under 15mph. As we all know, the majority of intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders regularly travel at speeds much faster than this which increases their risk.

So what are the benefits of a helmet? Most regular helmet wearers describe higher levels of comfort. Helmets, unlike woolly hats, do not itch. They do not soak up moisture. They are warm when its cold and cool when its hot. Some claim that once you wear a helmet you will never go back to the beanie. New styles and designs of helmets have also made them more fashionable and in some European and American resorts, studies have shown helmet wearing has increased to 80% of those enjoying winter sports.

If you are considering a career in ski or snowboard instruction, you will find most candidates purchase a helmet. When teaching it is always better to lead by example, especially to children for whom it may be compulsory to wear a helmet.

Snowboarders have also to be aware that the Canadian Association of Snowboarders, who certify and test those wishing to become a qualified, internationally recognised instructor, have made helmets mandatory for their Level 2, 3 and 4 courses. If snowboarders also want to learn to teach in the park, helmet wearing is enforced.

So what do you lose if you wear a helmet? Some argue helmets may impair vision and hearing and that they may encourage people to take greater risk. There is also a cost factor to the purchase of a helmet – at around a £100 they are expensive item.

However, if you decide to invest in a helmet, you must ensure it fits well to give maximum comfort and protection. Measure the circumference of your head from just above your eyebrows and roughly follow the sizing chart below:-

Small 42 – 55.5 cm
Medium 55.5 – 59 cm
Large 59 – 62.5 cm
Ex Large 62.5 – 65 cm

A helmet needs to fit snugly with very little movement inside when you move your head. Be wary of a helmet that is too tight as it will be uncomfortable. When trying a helmet out wear it for several minutes in the shop to get a true sense of its fit. The ear pads inside should be in line with your ears and if you use goggles take them along and wear them with the helmet as they also can effect the fit.

Helmet wearing is not yet compulsory for adults in Canada or Europe and some ‘old school’ ski instructors and ‘cool’ snowboard instructors still persist in hat wearing. This is not a good example to set to youngsters who will aspire to be like their role models, and quit wearing their helmet as soon as they are old enough. If you are choosing to begin a career as a snow sports instructor, then at The Winter Sports Company we lead by example and ensure all our trainee ski instructors and snowboard instructors wear their helmets. Visit

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Helmets are the smart way to ride and ski. Make the right decision and hook up with a cool helmet for this season on the slopes.



11 Questions with Greg Hill – VIDEO – Backcountry Skiing Canada Forums

Check out this excellent interview with Geg Hill, when it comes to backcountry skiing he has the inside track and so much to offer.

11 Questions with Greg Hill – VIDEO – Backcountry Skiing Canada Forums

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Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is exploding, good insights are always welcome as are comments.


Outside magazine skiing photo gallery.

These pictures should get you excited for winter sports, these skier photos are amazing. Extreme skiing in black and white. We know you will love these.

Galleries We Like: Skiing Black and Whites | Photography


The 36-year-old has earned a reputation as one of the best skiing and climbing photographers around. Photo District News added him to their 2012 list of photographers to watch, called the PDN 30. I called him to talk about

Making Skiing Less Corporate and Polluting Starts in Maine

Skiing and snowboarding in Maine is becoming less corporate and less polluting.


Making Skiing Less Corporate and Polluting Starts in Maine


Mountain Rider's Alliance was started with three simple principles: Skiing costs way too much. It is, ironically, not very green. Most mountains aren't owned by locals or run by them, and the cold corporate ethos is a turnoff for

Think snow in a more green way when skiing Maine this winter. See you on the slopes!

Mt Baker Backcountry skiing in June

Summer skiing on Mt Baker is a challenge that many locals love to take. With deep snow pack and warm temperatures makes for an unique experience. Hiking to the top and getting a cool ski run, a great way to stay in skiing shape.

Improve Your Balance on the Ski Slope With These 3 Skiing Workouts

Good skiing balance comes from your core, and these skiing workout will improve your core and your balance.


Improve Your Balance on the Ski Slope With These 3 Skiing Workouts

by Joe Lamoureux

Adding some skiing workouts to your program plan is a great way to improve your performance on the slopes and improve your overall muscular strength level for everyday activities as well. Skiing is a very physically demanding sport so it is important that you have good muscular development in all areas of the body.

One element of your physical fitness that is important to develop is balance. Since you will be placed quite off balance throughout your skiing sessions, the better balance capabilities you have, the more confident you're going to feel while you're out there.

Let's have a look at a few of the main balance exercises that you should consider adding to your workout program.

Single Leg Deadlifts

The first good exercise for improving your balance is the single leg deadlift. This exercise is going to strengthen the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back and since your base of support is small, also help improve that balance element at the same time.

When doing this exercise, think of lifting up with the glute muscles rather than pulling through the back for best results.

Single Leg Split Squats

Moving along, single leg split squats are another must perform exercise. This one will help to target the quads, hamstrings, and glutes, and will be great for improving your core strength as well.

As you add this one to your skiing workouts, make sure that you maintain a good upright position as you go about the exercise. This will prevent lower back pain development and make sure that you are targeting the right muscles.

Lateral Raise On One Leg

Finally, the last good strength training exercise to add to your skiing workouts is a lateral raise while standing on one leg. This is going to primarily work the shoulder muscles but since you're using just one leg as a supportive base, boost your balance as well.

Make sure to perform an equal number of reps to both sides to maintain good muscular balance. Aim for 10-15 per side, doing two sets total.

So there you have some of the best balance-boosting exercises to add to your skiing workouts. Do these and you will find you have more control when you hit the ski slopes.

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The better shape you are in the better ski season you will have. Core strength improves your body's ability to balance and move to maintain dynamic balance while skiing. Think snow! Have a great ski season.


Vail Resorts Epic Pass

The Epic Pass one of the great values in skiing. Multiple resort access with one pass, something locals will take advantage of.


Vail Resorts unveil Epic Pass

“Unveiled at an event in Sydney last week, Breckenridge local and Australian freestlye ski champion, Anna Segal, was present to help promote Vail Resorts and the new season pass. “It’s great to see everyone excited about the upcoming winter season and …”


Looking forward to seeing you at Vail resorts, Colorado skiing is calling you to great snow and amazing terrain.


Why Is Heli-Skiing One Of The Coolest Sports Around?

Fresh tracks, deep powder and extreme skiing, getting there by helicopter is the only way. Every skier's and snowboarder's dream, Heli-Skiing!


Why Is Heli-Skiing One Of The Coolest Sports Around?

by Patrick A Thompson

Heli-skiing has changed the way people ski. There are many reasons why it's possible to ski in dream conditions, and why it's gradually becoming more and more popular. Helicopter evolution has brought these vehicles down in price, while weather pattern and GPS technology allows pilots more freedom than ever before.

When someone returns from a ski trip, there is one question that gets asked before the rest: how was snow? Snow is the one variable that's hit or miss, and it can determine the quality of the experience. Sometimes, even on remote mountains, there isn't very much snow at all, and there's even the possibility you'll be skiing over barely covered patches of rock. When it snows a lot, and it's a good light powder, it normally brings out a ton of people, and the runs get crowded. There is only one way to avoid all of this, and that's with heli-skiing.

When a helicopter takes you to a virgin peak, you know the snow is going to be ideal! It's impossible for it not to be. You are literally being escorted to the best ski conditions imaginable, where nobody else is, impossibly remote and serene. It is a skiers dream. Heli-skiing outfits only operate in the middle of snow belts, as they don't want to have to take you super far on the helicopter, so you are guaranteed to get the best powder. Also, you won't be following in anybody's tracks! Each turn you make will be in new snow. You'll likely be in a small group, the people who you shared the helicopter with, and that's who will be on the mountain with you. You don't see a chairlift shuttling people up the mountain, not are there reckless snowboarders or snow-plowing children slowing you down. It's just you and the mountain!

This enables you for the kind of communion with nature you don't get in any other kind of skiing. It's impossibly quiet and remote, and every turn involves a certain amount of discovery since every trail is new to you. It's not like going down the same runs you've done in years past. Heli-skiing is more like what people had in mind when the concept of skiing first began, but they didn't yet have the technology or the will to get people there. When people dream about skiing up in the mountains, they don't have a busy resort in mind, but for years that's been the only option.

Heli-skiing has been around for a couple decades at least, but it's not just for fringe extreme people anymore, as more skiers are taking it up. While you wouldn't do it if you were just beginning to ski, you don't need to be an expert skier to have a go at it. Any reasonably experienced skier can do it; you just have to make the effort to arrange a different kind of trip. It takes a certain intrepid spirit to take skiing up to the next level, but it's an incredible thing to do and nobody regrets doing it once they've been up there!

If you are looking for the ski experience of a lifetime, you must visit Great Canadian Heli Skiing. There you can check out our videos and see first hand what 2 feet of fresh powder is like.

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Put this on your dream list, but don't wait too long. Get out and enjoy skiing terrain only accessed by Helicopter. Heli_skiing


Breckenridge Ski Resort Gets OK on 543-Acre Expansion | Skiing …

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Looks like good news for Vail resorts and Breckenridge, more skiing and snowboarding terrain! Fans of skiing Colorado will have to wait until the 2013-14 season to enjoy the new expanded area. I will be planning a skiing trip for mid season. Hope to see you all there.

 Breckenridge Ski Resort Gets OK on 543-Acre Expansion | Skiing …

“The U.S. Forest Service approved Vail Resorts Inc. for a 543-acre Breckenridge expansion that’s slated to open for the 2013-14”


With as much area that Breckenridge has the expansion will be very welcomed by local and ski and snowboarding enthusiasts world wide.


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