The Canada West Ski Areas Association recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner. The key reasons that we have adopted this position are as follows:
Snow Sport Helmet Standards
The Canadian Ski Council (CSC) and the Canadian Ski Area Associations (CWSAA, OSRA, ASSQ, ASAA) have adopted the following position regarding Canadian standards for ski and snowboard helmets (“snow sport helmets”):
- We recommend that all snow sports helmets rented or sold at Canadian ski areas meet at least one of the three current international standards (ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98).
- We support the implementation of laws or regulations that would require all snow sport helmets sold in Canada to meet at least one of the three current international standards (ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98).
- The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has developed its own snow sport helmet standard (Z263.1). In addition to the existing international standards, we would also support the CSA standard, should one or more helmet manufacturers elect to produce helmets to that standard.