Now that ski hills are open for the season, winter sports enthusiasts are being reminded to wear their helmets.
Skiers and snowboarders are required to wear helmets under a law which came into effect Nov. 1.
“I don’t know why you wouldn’t wear one,” Ski Wentworth manager Leslie Wilson told News 95.7. “I love my helmet. It’s nice and warm and it does add that extra layer of protection.”
Wilson said close to 90 per cent of skiers and snowboarders at Wentworth wore already wearing helmets prior to the law coming into effect. All instructors and anyone participating in a program were already mandated to wear helmets. Therefore, compliance has not been an issue.
“There really hasn’t been an issue at all,” she said. “A lot of people are just accepting it.”
The provincial government is attributing 11 traumatic brain injuries since 2000 to either skiing or snowboarding without a helmet.
Staff at the hill are reminding all their customers users of the law when they attend, and making rentals available. Anyone bringing their own helmet has to have a certified helmet.
Anyone caught not wearing a helmet could face a minimum fine of $250.