EYEBRIDGE, Colorado (Reuters) – You are staring into the sky as you take the plunge into the Colorado desert.
You have the perfect temperature, the perfect sun, and the perfect setting to hike.
What you don’t have is a helmet or gloves.
That’s because a Colorado Avalanche helmet is mandatory on the slopes, and a new helmet can be used to get to the top.
The National Ski Areas Council (NSAC) is recommending helmets on the snow to protect the neck and face.
“It’s the first time we’ve seen this, but it’s not a big deal,” said Craig Reynolds, the NSACs director of operations.
“You’re going to get hit with it.”
The avalanche training mask is a lightweight, disposable, waterproof, air-tight helmet that can be purchased online or at your local sporting goods store.
The helmet will be worn by someone with no head injury, but the helmet must be worn at all times, Reynolds said.
The NSAC has not yet seen any safety concerns from wearing the helmet on the mountains, he said.
“We do not have a data on how well it works or how safe it is.
But it’s certainly a precaution that you can take,” Reynolds said in a statement.
The helmet can help protect against head injuries in accidents where the neck is struck or the helmet is struck by a falling object.
In the event that a helmet is needed to get back to base, the wearer will not be required to wear it again.
“If someone was to fall off the face of a mountain, they wouldn’t get the helmet,” Reynolds added.
The helmets will be available at the NSA Ski Area Stores, Mountain Equipment Stores and Ski & Snowboard Stores starting October 15.
“A helmet that’s been in the market for a while will probably be a little bit more popular because it’s so light and can be worn more quickly than the ones that are going to be sold in a retail store,” Reynolds explained.
The Colorado Avalanche Ski Area is in charge of maintaining safety standards in the mountains and has the authority to fine those who fail to meet them.
“The NSA is in the business of maintaining the safety standards that are required for all outdoor recreation,” said NSAC spokesperson Michael Trenberth.
“The safety standards are the same for all resorts.
The only difference is we have the authority and the responsibility to enforce those standards.
This is not a safety issue.
It’s a health issue.”
A helmet is designed to fit snugly on the wearer’s head, which is a problem if the head is struck.
“It doesn’t fit well when it hits the head and it’s a very sensitive area,” Reynolds told Reuters.
The head and neck are the two parts of the body that will be hit by an avalanche, and they are not designed to be easily cut or removed.
Reynolds said it is important that the helmet be comfortable and that the wearer wear it every day.
“I’ve never had one complaint,” he said, adding that the majority of customers do not notice the helmet’s presence.
A helmet can make an impression on the eyes and ears of a person wearing it.
“If you get struck by an object, the helmet will go into your eye socket, and if you see it in your eye, it will stay there,” Reynolds noted.
A few accidents have been reported.
In 2008, a man was skiing in the north end of the Rockies when he fell and hit his head on a rock.
In 2013, a Colorado man fell to his death on the rim of the Colorado River.
The state of Colorado is now testing out a helmet that is smaller, lighter and will be much less likely to cut into the wearer when used on the roads.
The new helmet is being tested by the Colorado Avalanche Department of Public Safety, which says the new helmet will last up to three years.
“You can imagine how much better the safety is going to become, and how much safer people are going, if you’re wearing one,” Reynolds remarked.
“I think this will be a much better product, and it will help to have this safety in mind.”
In addition to being more durable and having a protective coating on it, Reynolds stressed that the new product is also more user friendly.
“We think it’s going to bring people back into the mountains.”