What was ever better than going outside and playing in the snow?
Coming in afterwards?
And I'm thrilled to see they can still have some rugged fun without helmets
True. It's kind of weird to me that kids are supposed to wear helmets when biking or skiing, but they can do all sorts of other crazy things without them. And on that topic, did you see the NY Times article a few days ago that reported that "although skiers and snowboarders in the United States are wearing helmets more than ever — 70 percent of all participants, nearly triple the number from 2003 — there has been no reduction in the number of snow-sports-related fatalities or brain injuries in the country."
Might help if they didn't compound things by attaching a Go-Pro camera to their helmet. Although no helmet is a match for a rock, I think a camera compounded Michael Schumacher's head injury. He was wearing a helmet.
No, but it doesn't surprise me. I've worn a helmet for about ten years now, and I suppose it does give me a bit of a more secure feeling, but I'd never felt unsafe without it. The main thing is that you ski in control and always be aware of the idiots around you. The helmet may protect your head to a degree but does nothing to protect you from neck injuries. I also find it hard to scratch my sweaty, itchy scalp which I invariably have when I ski.