Looking for a Christmas gift? PHaT, which stands for Protect your Head at All Times/Protect your Head on All Terrain, suggests a helmet. The group promotes helmet use at ski areas in Vermont.
"Helmets are a good thing," said Robert Williams, M.D., doctor to the Smugglers Notch Ski Patrol and associate professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
"They're not a license to ride irresponsibly, but an extra measure of protection whose time has come," Williams continued.
Williams said peer-reviewed studies – as opposed to less rigorous reports - show that helmets reduce the incidence and severity of injuries, do not increase the risk of neck injuries, and do not lead to riskier behavior.
Check out PHaT's Web site skihelmetsafety.org for more details.