“It is not a panacea, it is an effective means of reducing some head injuries, but it has significant limitations,” he said while emphasizing that he still believed skiers should wear them. "And, of course, there is the problem that as people feel more safe, they might engage in more dangerous skiing/boarding. Just as in car safety. I know I have banged my head a few times while falling over the years, with and without helmets. Ever since Spew Jr. has been skiing, she has had a helmet, and we joined in.
What I do find sort of surprising is that the article suggests helmet wearing has only now started to spread. In my anecdotal observation, helmets have become quite common since we moved to Montreal. I would say about as many folks wear them as not at the ski areas around Montreal and in northern Vermont (Jay, Smuggs). I do think it is progress when ski resorts require helmets to be worn by the kids and by their employees, but I am not sure how many places rent them or include them with rentals of skis. That would be the next obvious step.