FROM THE NEWS DESK
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.