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School hol­i­days and fresh snow on the moun­tains means the ski fields are at their busiest.

On Satur­day over 3000 peo­ple hit the slopes at The Re­mark­ables ski field and I was one of them.

I was sur­prised by the over­whelm­ing amount of peo­ple who were not wear­ing hel­mets. Tell me, what is it?

Does the hel­met not suit your snow­board­ing out­fit? Are you so con­fi­dent of your ath­letic abil­i­ties you think you don’t need to wear one?

Re­gard­less of the rea­son, it’s about walk­ing away from the sk­i­field alive.

Ask Wakatipu High School stu­dent Austin Green, whose $200 hel­met saved him from head in­juries.

As an ex­pe­ri­enced skier he was shred­ding off-piste slope on a fresh pow­der day when he hit one rock and more rocks hit him.

A knife-sharp stone still stuck in his hel­met was a re­minder of how dif­fer­ently a fall could have ended without pro­tec­tive head gear on.

Re­mem­ber, it’s not about be­ing cool, but about be­ing safe.

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