Sherri asked me about my kids sledding with ski helemets.
We go skiing almost once a year. Maybe every other year.
We get our ski clothes pretty cheaply (compared to most places) from Burlington Coat Factory.
(They really are more than great coats...but they have great coats.)
And we did purchase a ski helmet from a ski shop in Colorado for each of the boys.
For the past 2 years, my boys don't even go out to play in the snow without their helmets.
1. They like wearing them because they keep their head warm. Really - no loosing your hat or getting snow in it.
2. They are safe. We have a great hill beside our house...but the garage and the house are at the bottom of it. I mean, it is all fun and games until you hit the house. (Amazing how many cliches seem to really have new meaning once you have kids.)
3. They wear their goggles over them and their faces are protected from scrapes and from well packed snow balls.
4. They have been sledding for the past 2 days with about 12 kids fro the neighborhood, and not one kid even asked them about the helmets, much less poked fun at them.
(This photo just shows 1/3 of the hill. The kids came down a neighbor's steep driveway, across the large cul-de-sac down our hill, across the yard & driveway and into the neighbor's yard and then back yard on the other side. We do not normally sled on more than our own yard - but this was a huge snow and pretty much the whole neighborhood started to sled together.)
I was ready for Alex to swoosh by me....but he slid flipped over. I got his legs.
Blurry, but all 3 of them.
Blurry again. Rats.
Would I have gone out an purchased helmets just for the 1 in 5 years my kids get to sled here in GA?
I doubt it.
But since they have them, they certainly wear them.