Colorado

Jan 4, 2010 11:22 AM by Associated Press

Ski helmet use surging, but young adults resist

More skiers are taking recommendations to wear helmets on the slopes. But helmet use is catching on more with the youngest and oldest.

A study out by the Colorado-based National Ski Areas Association shows that nearly half of all skiers wore helmets last season, 48 percent. That's up from a 43 percent helmet rate during the
2007-2008 ski season.

But the study suggests that not everyone is taking to the helmets in equal measure. Two-thirds of skiers and snowboarders between the ages of 10 and 14 said they wore helmets. But only about one in three skiers and boarders between ages 18 and 24 wore helmets last season.

Older skiers like helmets, too. The usage rate was 63 percent for adults ages 65 and older.

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