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Helmets on the Slopes

Wednesday's conditions were perfect for people looking to hit the slopes, but with a few high profile ski accidents making headlines recently safety is a main priority.
Tannersville, Monroe County - Wednesday's conditions were perfect for people looking to hit the slopes, but with a few high profile ski accidents making headlines recently safety is a main priority.  The way this winter is going it looks like all of those snow lovers are going see a lot of time on the slopes and it seems as though at least half of those skiers and snowboards are strapping on a helmet.  Ski season is here and with it comes the question of safety:  Should people hitting the slopes be strapping on a helmet?

Linda Turner, of New Jersey, says "I have worn a helmet since helmets started coming out.  Originally back in the day we didn't ski with helmets, but it's just a good idea."  About 50 percent of the people who spent their New Years Day here at Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville opted to wear protective headgear.  "It's warm, it's better to have a helmet on.  Definitely much warmer," exclaims Turner.

Though it's not a law, ski resort employees say it's a smart choice. Camelback Mountain's Brian Czarnecki says "we rent helmets and we definitely reinforce the idea of helmets, it's user preference though.  I wear one, many people don't, it's really user preference on what you like to do."

Lindsay McNeal, of Philadelphia, spent the day out with her little snow bunny and says "she's 8 so she doesn't really get a choice and I am not going to take a chance with myself either,"  She makes her daughter Miranda wear a helmet..  "So I am safe and I don't get hurt," says daughter, Miranda.  McNeal says after Wednesday's run, she will be heading out to get one of her own saying "I don't know if you can make people wear them, but I think it's just smarter to make people do it, even though I am not wearing one now."

It's a choice skiers get to make, though some feel it's not the head gear that keeps you safe, but the skills you learn.  Daniel Hubbard, of Scranton, says "If you take lessons and learn how to do it properly you are going to be safer on the mountain for you and the people around you as well.  People want to teach themselves and that's when accidents happen."

Camelback Mountain Resort gives visitors the option to purchase or rent a helmet and requires children just learning to ski to wear one.
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