Top tips how to get kids to wear a helmet:
1. Be an example. You wear a helmet too. Don’t just preach, do it yourself too.
2. Show an example. Show your child an example who else is wearing a helmet – a teacher, an older child, the nice neigbour or the cool snowboard dude on the slope. Professional athletes are a great example too on TV.
3. Buy a helmet she/he likes. If girls want to be pretty in pink – buy a pink helmet. There are helmets with Sponge Bob or Spiderman – if that’s what’s needed to get your kid using a ski helmet, then let the cartoon charecters help you.
4. Purchase a helmet that fits well and is comfortable and lightweight to wear. Any way you can add on the comfort of wearing the helmet, the more likely your child will want to wear it.
5. Get fun helmet stickers so your child can decorate her/his own helmet. Sometimes this such a small thing to us can be such a big deal for the kids.
KNOW THE CODE!
It is also important to teach your children the responsibility code, provided by National Ski Areas Association. (Code copied from NSAA)
Your Responsibility Code
Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
– Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
– People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
– You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
– Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
– Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
– Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
– Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
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