Vail Resorts announces all employees will be required to wear helmets while skiing and snowboarding on the job. They will also require helmets for all children age 12 and under who take group lessons at its resorts and parents like Candice Towner think that's using your head. "It's a wonderful idea. I wouldn't have them go out there on the slopes without anything."
The new rule is set to take affect next ski season, but like mom Candice, many have already been suiting up for safety. Chris Birdsong of Gene Taylor's says, "we've seen a strong increase over the past five years of people wanting to add a helmet. it's definitely a safe thing, a smart thing and the warmest hat you'll ever own."
Helmets are actually pretty cheap and are recommended for skiers and snowboarders of all ages, not just the kids, but Chris has one word of advice. "Parents definitely want their kids to wear them, I think parents should be advocates and if they are forcing the kid to wear one they should go ahead and get a helmet also." Because YOU can be the best role model for your child.
While the new rule is set for employees and children, Vail officials say they strongly recommend helmets for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Vail resorts owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge in Colorado and Heavenly in California. The company says it plans to make helmets part of its rental packages for children.