22/03/2013

Safety first! How I finally got myself a ski helmet

The ski helmet… Now there’s a piece of ski gear that is far more practical and functional than it is stylish, and I have, for many years, avoided adding one to my ski equipment, mainly on the very shaky basis that I don’t ski fast enough to ever hurt myself badly when I fall. Aha, what a pretence!

Now that I am a mother, I am faced with two problems with this slightly hypocritical approach to the dilemma of ski helmet, to wear or not to wear (yes I know there are far more serious dilemmas that people should busy their minds with, but again this is just a little fashion and lifestyle blog, I’m not pretending to change the world with my posts, am I?) First, the way I approach my own safety doesn’t just involve me anymore, there’s Hubby Dearest, and of course Monsieur Baby, and when things are put in this perspective well style starts to become a bit futile. Secondly, it’s a question of coherence: how can you argue with a toddler who is intent on saying no to everything coming from his parents that he must wear his helmet whilst you’re parading around with a little fur-trimmed hat? If you’re wearing one yourself, well it all becomes just a tiny bit easier.

Then there is the other issue, which is that even a tiny innocuous fall on the head can have irreparable damages, and once you add the fact that just because you ski slowly doesn’t mean the thousands of other skiers in the resort are all safety freaks -  in fact, I’ve come to find out that it’s quite the opposite. This is what one of my friends at work pointed out to me once when I was telling her about my reluctance in wearing a ski helmet, so L., this picture is for you…


Yes, I have caved in, I have purchased a helmet and I’m wearing it religiously everyday on the slopes, in addition to SPF 3,000 and special ski sunglasses that ensure my eyes get protected from the glare. Ah, the irony of it all… The helmet makes me look like a lollipop head, and it’s even worse when I take it off, my hair appears to be all but stuck to its roots (not such a good look for that lunch picture…) but I feel safe, and that, my dear friends, is the most important point. 


However, in the interest of full disclosure I'll let you know that I visited no less than four ski shops in Courchevel to find this helmet, as I wanted something that I would like at least a little bit: it had to be matt, not shiny, and either grey or white, in one solid colour, as simple as possible. One of the sales assistants offered me one with diamante motifs; clearly she must have taken me for some Russian oligarch's wife... I also decided to give the ones with animal ears and other strange appendages a miss, they look far better on children than on a grown woman, in my opinion! I finally found this rather boring and totally unoffending one, it blends in nicely with the rest of my ski outfit, don't you think?

4 comments:

Jane said...

Look at all the snow! This place looks beautiful, you are making me want to go skiing : ).

Sam said...

I,too,now wear a helmet - having skied since age 4 I started wearing a helmet age 40 when we took the kids on their first trip and I am so pleased I am so responsible - as DH always reminds me we wear helmets on our bikes ( actually I dont) and skiing there are just as many crazy OTHER people to bump into us! Btw I would have gone for the sparkly bits!

Anonymous said...

I can understand why you wear a ski helmet but for me it is not a good thing at all. Over the last 10 years there is a massive increase in helmet wearing and also a massive increase in the speed of skiing. They are related and the more people that wear helmets the more you feel you need one to protect yourself. Then you'll notice more people wearing body armour and so it goes on. Good for safety gear manufacturers but not for the rest of us.

LittleS said...

@Jane, there was lots of snow for late March, it was great!

@Sam, I'm with you, it's hard to advocate wearing a helmet when you're not wearing one...

@Anonymous, interesting point of view. In my case my helmet doesn't make me want to go faster, it's just not my thing!