Starting the winter of 2013 / 2014 Yamnuska Mountain Adventure guides will be wearing ski helmets on all of our ski programs.
Helmet use is becoming the cultural norm in ski mountaineering and alpine skiing and it is quickly gaining acceptance with backcountry skiers. Our staff policy indicates that helmets must be worn where there is the threat of a head injury. This is mandated by Workers Compensation and means that the guide must wear a helmet on downhill portions of alpine skiing. In all likelihood helmets will be carried in the pack for uphill and flat travel and then used for the ski down.
While we have made it compulsory for our staff, helmet use for guests is still optional on ski programs. However a ski helmet for any downhill skiing, front or back-country, is recommended and makes good sense.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or would like a recommendation for a light weight skiing helmet.
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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures