Rarely seen a generation ago, helmets are now part of the skier’s wardrobe and often required gear for young skiers and snowboarders. More than 80 percent of skiers in the United States now wear them.
Helmets are especially important for children and teens, and not necessarily because they ski more dangerously (although they may, which increases their risk even more). A surprising number of head injuries result from falls on beginner and intermediate trails and slopes, as beginning skiers lack necessary skills in avoiding collisions. They are less able to change direction suddenly or react to unexpected surface conditions or the sudden approach of another skier.
While no helmet can protect your child from a concussion in a serious accident, helmets do reduce the risk of head injuries for skiers and snowboarders by 60 percent. And if a skier does suffer a head injury it will be less severe if they are wearing a properly fitted helmet.
As parents, we can get our beginning skiers started with their own helmets or by renting them with the skis-and-boots package. And we can set a good example by wearing helmets ourselves. When planning a ski vacation where you intend to rent equipment, ask if helmets are included or offered. If not, you’ll find sports shops near or at the ski area where you can buy one.
It becomes a bit more complicated if you are planning a ski vacation in Europe, slower to adopt helmets. The good news, about 60 percent of adults and 80 percent of children in Europe now wear them, making helmets available as rental equipment nearly everywhere — you probably don’t need to add helmets to your already bulky luggage. In many resorts they are included in the ski rental package and, if not, rentals should cost between €20–30 ($22–25).
Choosing and fitting a helmet is important, too. In the United States, look for the code designation ASTM 2040 or CE EN 1077. The equivalent European standard is EN1077. These codes indicate it met safety standards for shock absorption and durability.
Be sure the helmet fits snuggly, with no spaces between the padding and their head (this is not a purchase where you should allow for growth in hopes of getting more seasons from it). It should protect both the forehead and the back of the head, and not jiggle when they shake their head. The helmet and goggles should just meet, without the helmet pushing the goggles out of place.
Getting teens to wear helmets, especially girls worried about their hair, may be more difficult. But we found starting kids with helmets from their very first ski lesson made it a habit into their teens.
Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.
After a few months at home, working remotely, homeschooling children and juggling several roles at once, parents are going to need a well-deserved vacation post COVID-19. If you and your partner are looking for the perfect 2021 getaway, you won’t want to miss this amazing offer from Emerald Waterways.
Indiana is like America’s middle child. Its population, size and even location put it right in the middle of all the other states in the country. It had to find its thing to stand out and rise above, one of which is its food and beverage scene.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”