Ski Season Preview: Ski Helmets

When it comes to safety on the slopes, there is no substitute for a good ski helmet. It seems like every season we hear a few cautionary tales of crashes in the terrain park and run-ins with trees. This year though, we’ve done all the testing and legwork for you. After a few months of trying on every ski helmet we could get our hands on, we’ve selected our favorites. Whether you’re just getting on skis for your first time or are a seasoned terrain park phenom, we’ve got a ski helmet for you.

Related: Ski Season Preview: Ski Goggles | Ski Season Preview: Ski Gear Buyer’s Guide

Editor’s Pick: Smith Vantage MIPS $260

Smith Vantage MIPS
Using Smith’s Koroyd material, the Vantage is the lightest, and most ventilated helmet we’ve tested this year. Don’t let that fool you though. It will stand up to serious damage, and the included MIPS liner and BOA fit system both contribute to the best impact reduction on the market. When you’ve got to have the very best, accept no substitute.

Best Fitting: Giro Range MIPS $240

Giro Range
Giro set the industry standard with their In Form fit system a decade ago. For picky heads the Range means all day comfort due to the brand new Conform Fit – our tester even commented they forgot they were wearing a helmet. New, two piece shell construction means that the Range will conform to any rider’s head. An integrated GoPro mount means you’ll be able to capture all the action so you’ll have proof to bring home to your friends that the powder really was chest deep.

Best Freeride: Uvex Jakk+ $200

Uvex Jakk+
At first glance, Uvex’s octo+ fit system looks a little like someone sliced a beanie up and glued it inside the helmet. Put the helmet on though, and the liner immediately feels like a luxurious scalp massage. It’s not just for cosmetic function though. The octo+ liner works in concert with the padded ear flaps and shell to provide excellent fit and impact protection, especially at high speeds. When used in conjunction with the Jakk goggles this is a nearly flawless system for big mountain free riders.

For The Ladies: Salomon Quest W $180

Salomon Quest
The Quest Women’s helmet has an ultra plush liner and insulated chin strap, perfect for cold, stormy days. The ear pads are removable and the liner is machine washable It has been optimized for a lady’s head, so will fit better than other unisex helmets. The venting system is tailored around extra openings above goggles so your girlfriend can stay fog free no matter how much snow is falling.