Buyer's Guide For Helmets & Accessories
When purchasing new or used equipment there are many factors to take into account. The skier's age, ability, height and weight are all things that must be considered. If you have purchased or been given second hand equipment you should have it inspected and tuned up by a reputable ski & snowboard retailer.
Helmets. Rod Roy Ski & Snowboard Schools and The Canadian Safety Council advocates the use of helmets for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Helmets do provide significant protection. The outer shell of the helmet protects against impact while the inner liner reduces the forces that are transferred to the head. Today’s helmets are so light, comfortable and stylish that many skiers consider them not only a safety device but also a fashion accessory. When choosing a helmet verify that it has been specifically designed for skiing and boarding. The helmet should carry a CE, ASTM or Snell RS-98 certification. Helmets must be correctly fitted to each individual.
Find Your Helmet Size. Finding your helmet size, or your "hat size," isn't very difficult. Most helmets are sized in centimeters, based on the circumference of your head. To get a measurement, use a tape measure around your head (just above your eyebrows). Is your measurement in inches? Use a centimeter-to-inches converter. For proper sizing you should be able to fit your "pinkie" finger between the helmet and the base of the skull. For more information on models and sizing visit www.lidsonkids.org
Protect your wrists. Most snowboard injuries are to the wrists. Wear wrist guards made for snowboarding or in-line skating. Don't break your fall with your open hands. Hold your hands in closed fists while you snowboard so you won't be tempted to break your fall with an open hand. Try to roll into a fall as a paratrooper would, spreading the force of the fall over your body instead of taking all the force in one place.
So, what kind of wrist guard should you wear?
Wrist guards for snowboarders are becoming more readily available and are made for both over and inside the gloves as well as those integrated into the glove itself. What you should look for is a style and size that fits you well. Try out a few at your local snowboard shop and you'll find something that works for you.
- Under Glove Design
- Lightweight Internal Stay
- Breathable Body
- Adjustable Velcro Closure
Clothing & Accessories. Dress in layers. Wear a neck gaiter ("tube"). Jackets and pants should be insulated and waterproof. The pant cuffs should fit over the top of the boots. Mittens are preferable for young children and should be insulated and waterproof. Socks should be a polypropolene blend that don't hold moisture. A junior set of goggles with an anti-fog lens is adequate for children. Older students with expensive skis or snowboards should have a lock. The "Ski Key" model is inexpensive, easy to use and fits in your pocket.
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Reference: C.S.I.A. Young Skier Program 1998