How to buy a Ski Snowboard Helmet

How to buy a Ski Snowboard Helmet

How to buy a Ski/Snowboard Helmet?

Besides adding comfort and boosting performance on the slopes, helmets provide an all-important safety element. Here are the basics to help you choose the styles best suited to your activity and the prevailing weather conditions.

Helmet Basics:

  • Most helmets designed for wintersport use are appropriate for both skiing and snowboarding
  • The type of activity--be it recreational or competitive participation--as well as the terrain and your own personal preference should determine the helmet that best suits your needs


  • If you plan to ski in warm spring conditions or in temperate locales, or if you tend to work up a sweat, consider a helmet with good ventilation that will provide airflow and thus add to your overall comfort
  • Non-ventilated snowboard helmets restrict airflow and are generally preferable for wet, snowy, or extremely cold conditions


  • Most ski helmets have a UV stabilized polycarbonite shell that provides high strength and light weight
  • The helmet interior is usually made of expanded, double-density polystyrene (18mm) with additional lining for comfort and protection

Full vs. open faced

  • Generally, full-face helmets are designed for competition--such as speed and slalom events--in which the wearer is at higher risk of falling forward or hitting objects straight-on
  • Open-face helmets are more common--and less cumbersome--for recreational use


  • Many ski helmets come with a built-in visor, and those that don't often accept visor attachments
  • Oftentimes, it is easier to fit goggles to helmets that don't have a built-in visor, but you should check a model's specifications to be sure
  • Visors can cut overhead glare and can help protect your face in wet or windy weather

Helmet Type:

The type of ski helmet style you purchase depends on how and where you ski.

Full shell

  • Full shell models provide complete coverage and seal out wind, precipitation and other elements normally encountered on the slopes
  • Some also have venting to help regulate temperature
  • These are recommended if you are planning to do a lot of tricks or some faster skiing

Short shell

  • Short shell models offer comparable protection to full shell styles, but give less coverage and have a less armored and constrictive feel
  • Many include venting and removable liners
  • Buy this type of helmet if you are uncomfortable with the full helmet


  • Competition helmets feature densely padded liners, structured open ear zones inside the shell, and add-on jaw pieces for speed and slalom events
  • This may be too much if you are a strictly recreational skier, but is highly recommended if you plan on participating in some serious downhill competition


  • Youth helmets are simply proportioned to smaller heads
  • Look for the same safety standards as adult helmets
  • Most have pads that can be inserted or taken out to adjust to a child's head size

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