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Old 02-01-2010, 11:18 AM
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Damn - that's scary. Sam always scares me on the slopes - he seems to only have to gears: stop and fast.

Wishing your niece a speedy recovery.
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:04 PM
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Glad to hear she's doing OK. I've been a big advocate of helmets ever since a buddy of mine got knocked out at Loveland on opening day by an out-of-control teenager. My buddy had a black eye for a week.

I get a prescription for contact lenses every year just so I can wear goggles with no glasses.
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:31 PM
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Check out motorcycle parts shops (Performance Cycle for instance, http://www.performancecycleco.com/ ) for goggles that work great with glasses!
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She's out of surgery. She is at Aurora, thanks for the offer. But they think they are being discharged at 12:00 today. She compressed her skull 4cm. She now has a nice H shaped scar on her forehead. The doctors seem most concerned with the cosmetics more than the fracture. To which my Sister is much relieved. Who cares about cosmetics? My Niece is scheduled to go back in 6-8weeks to see how the fracture is healing. Thank God (or whatever you believe in) that children are so resilient.
good to hear she is on the mend. sometimes our best intentions don't always work the way we plan.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:45 PM
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Sad new but glad to here she is doing good. Helmets are a good thing. I got knocked out while doing a Dual Slalom mountain bike race back in high school, ended up waking up in the Ambulance, could have been worse.

Heres to a speedy recovery
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:22 AM
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Hey Folks,

Haven't been around in awhile, but happened to check in this morning and this thread caught my eye.

Farnham - glad your niece sounds like she's going to be OK.

As far as skiing with helmets - do it. I've revived my instructing career during the past couple years (thanks, awesome economy, for giving me the impetus to get a second job!) and coincidentally started wearing a helmet for the first time last season.

There's lots of debate about their effictiveness at the speeds most adults ski, but I got one to be a good example for my kids - full background, I've had my share of injuries during a lifetime of skiing, but never hurt my head.

Much to my surprise, my helmet is much MUCH more comfortable than any hat I ever owned. It's warmer in cold, cooler in the hot and less itchy all the time. I often put my helmet on at 7:45 and forget it's there until 3:30.

I can't see it, it doesn't affect my hearing and it weighs practically nothing.

I don't want to get on a soap box or anything, but if you're deciding how to prioritize kids ski equipment, it goes like this:
1) helmet
2) goggles
3) sun screen
4) patience

Everything else is gravy.

And yes, an ill fitting helmet can be as bad or worse as no helmet at all.

No exceptions.

We take it so seriously at Eldora, even though it's not officially 'the law' that if a kid shows up with their own equipment but no helmet, we put one on them. No questions, no discussions, no charge.
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We take it so seriously at Eldora, even though it's not officially 'the law' that if a kid shows up with their own equipment but no helmet, we put one on them. No questions, no discussions, no charge.
I like that. It set a good example from the get go with the kids and the parents can be educated too
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There's lots of debate about their effictiveness at the speeds most adults ski
Statistically in skiing, biking and the like, injuries go up in adults with helmets. It's that feeling of being more invincible. But overall chance of death goes down because head injuries are most often the reason for traumatic death. The problem with helmets on adults is that they often don't fit right for whatever reason and a poorly fitting helmet can be as bad or worse than none at all depending on the surface.
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I got knocked out while doing a Dual Slalom mountain bike race back in high school, ended up waking up in the Ambulance, could have been worse.
Explains a lot!

Glad to hear she is doing well.

I have been skiing in a helmet since 1996. As a former speed skier told me that year, "I wear one when I bike, I wear one when I rock climb, I wear one when I Rollerblade, and I go a LOT faster when I ski." Sold me. I have measured 65 on my GPS. Mostly it helps when someone puts down the safety bar without warning, but its also warm and comfortable. I wear a thin balaclava under it which helps tremendously with keeping you cool and clean.

Ditto on goggles.
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Just got one last year. Now I'm a believer, though I haven't had to use it. My buddy uses his somewhat regularly

Farnham, hope your niece is pulling through okay
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