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How many people wear a helmet when snow skiing ?

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My friends told me to get a helmet because this is my first year and I have no idea what to get. My mom started laughing when I told her I wanted to wear a helmet skiing, so I need some help.

I have two helmets, a Giro and a Ovo. I started wearing one in 1998 after a close call with a boulder and a tree stump. I was the first of my friends (all about age 22-23 then) to wear one. Now, in our 30s, all of us wear one usually all the time.

I have been spared two concussions and at least one potentially bad laceration thanks to my helmets. One concussion and the laceration would have been my own fault, but on the other occasion I was completely blindsided by a snowboarder and knocked to the ground where I hit my head pretty hard. The helmet made a difference.

We see several patients a year in the ski patrol shack who could have avoided a head injury, especially minor ones, if they had been wearing a helmet. We also see 2-3 a year where the patient was wearing a helmet and the injury was severely lessened by the helmet.

Get fitted for a helmet and wear one.

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May 1st, 2010 at 11:51 am

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What is the best location in the US for beginner skiing?

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Looking to go skiing this winter and I have a few adult first timers. I’m looking for a place that has nice, long, smooth beginner slopes and top of the line ski schools.

Probably your best bet is Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. It’s one of four mountains and is devoted to beginners. The other mountains are Highlands, Aspen and Snowmass, which cater to intermediate and advanced.

Buttermilk’s ski school has a "never ever" program where they will rent you all the equipment (not clothes, but skis, boots, polls), get you a lift ticket and a lesson. It’s a great deal and the instructor will walk you through the rental process to answer any questions. They are professional and know exactly what your concerns may be and will answer all your questions patiently. For information on the program try and for other Aspen mountain information try or

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April 29th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

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Is downhill skiing effective cross training for runners?

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I’ll be skiing about 8 hours each day for 5 days next week (in addition to my regular running plan). Will this help at all?

Skiing may be very tiring for your legs, but I don’t think it will substitute for running.
Cross country skiing would probably work, but down hill is not using your legs in the same way as running does.
It would be better if you did a few miles on the treadmill before hitting the slopes in the mornings.

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April 13th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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