Helmet == Good

I've put in a ton of miles on my motorcycle, and a fair number on my bicycle, and thankfully, never found myself in a situation where I needed the helmet that I was always wearing.

Yesterday, however,while skiing quickly (and fairly well, I might add...) down a somewhat chunked up blue (a dark blue, if you care...), I caught an edge, popped off my right ski, pitched forward, and whacked down hard on the back of my head, into a rather hard slope. And then twisted around, and popped off my left ski. Certainly my worst fall of the year so far, but I ended up with a slightly sprained left thumb, and some overstressed neck muscles.

Helmets are good.

Comments (9)
  1. julie lerman says:

    ouch! FYI – ’round these parts (Vermont) "blue" usually refers to the color of the ice! And I definitely saw some blue ice yesterday while skiing after a week of arctic weather!

  2. ICE! That is what we ski on in Kentucky. They find a gentle incline, soak it and once it turns to ice; try and break it up and report that they have "powder"!. I have seen a few people bite it face first and go back to the ice to find teeth. Sounds to me though like you were really lucky to have that thing on.

  3. I had a similar spill on opening weekend at Snowshoe, WV, but in packed powder (in my defense, it was my first time on skis in more than a decade). I was stopping in a little side area to wait for a friend, came in a little faster than I should have, and ended up going over, landing flat on the back of my head. Did not have a helmet, and wished that I had, as it rung my clock pretty good. Fortunately, no concussion or anything, but I definitely will be considering a helmet if I start skiing again regularly.

    Also, we had a local story last week about a snowboarder who died on his last run of the day. Apparently, the guy usually wore a helmet, but wasn’t wearing one this time because he "wasn’t going to take any risks". They found him about 10 yards into a wooded area, with severe head injuries. Unfortunately no one saw the accident, so they don’t know what went wrong, but wearing a helmet just might’ve saved him. Food for thought.

  4. Darrell says:

    Helmets are good, but there’s nothing there for ankles. I fractured my lateral malleolus on my left ankle Sunday. It sucks that I’ll be missing the rest of the snow season…

  5. No skiing stories like this, but a friend of ours went head first into a cement barrier in a bicyle crash over the summer. Four cracked ribs, a broken collar bone, and other assorted problems. (He was biking alone and was knocked out!) The helmet was cracked, but it could have been much, much worse. I always wear my helmet these days, and after that, even my husband stopped complaining about wearing his.

  6. This is a lesson that you learn your first day on a snowboard. I’ll also say that I never knew why they have little birds flying round cartoon characters’ heads after they get a knock on the head until I landed a jump badly (i.e. on my head). That was with a helmet, I’m pretty sure I’d be vegetative if I hadn’t worn one. As far as the "last run of the day" story, it’s a truism that more accidents happen later in the day. The last time I went helmetless, it was early season, and pretty warm, and I wasn’t going to push it, plus I really sweat under my helmet, even when it’s cold. I hit a patch of ice I didn’t see coming (we’re spoiled in Colorado) and did a faceplant, smashing my sunglasses into my cheek. Left a lot of blood on the snow. Now, I don’t care – if I’m in my bindings, my helmet’s on.

  7. MBA says:

    Helpful For MBA Fans.

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