The province of Nova Scotia in Canada is the first to pass a law requiring all skiers and snowboards (skiboarders that means you too) to wear helmets on the slopes. The law comes into effect next ski season, and the fine for getting caught shredding without a helmet? $250.
A similar law was vetoed in California, while New Jersey will be making it mandatory for minors under 18 to protect their brains with a helmet. Intrawest, owners of Tremblant, Blue Mountain, Snowshoe, Stratton, Winter Park, and Steamboat has made it mandatory for children and terrain park riders to wear a helmet after an actress died at one of their resorts following a brain injury in 2009.
The Quebec Ski Areas Association years ago passed regulations for their terrain parks, which regulates the size of features, requires resorts to post signs in front of them and that all terrain park riders wear helmets, but this was never made law.
Helmet use is on the rise whether they are law or not, stats show that 9 out of 10 riders in Canada already wear a helmet.
Do you think helmet laws are the way to go? Why or why not?