The Best Ski Helmets for 2017

best 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.

Editor’s Pick: Smith Quantum $300

Smith Quantum

Using Smith’s Koroyd material, the Quantum is incredibly light. Don’t let that fool you though. It will stand up to serious damage, and the included MIPS liner, BOA fit system, and Wayfinder straps keep it locked down perfectly. Due to the extra shock absorption of Smith’s Aerocore design, the Quantum can take bumps in side impact zones, outperforming most other helmets.

Best All-Around: Shred Optics Bumper NoShock $170

Shred Bumper NoShock

Shred Optics was founded by Olympic medalist Ted Ligety. With two gold medals, and five world cup titles to his name, you’ll be hard pressed to find a brand with more personal investment and knowledge. Using Shred’s NOSHOCK material, the Bumper helmet fits incredibly well, and is certified to take multiple hits before it is compromised. We especially like that it is outfitted with XStatic material in the liner, which is anti-microbial and odor fighting. It doesn’t hurt that the Bumper is standardized for both summer and winter sports, making this a perfect fit for the all-year athlete.

Best For Backcountry Riders: Uvex p.8000 Tour $150

Uvex P.8000 Tour

Uvex’s all new p.8000 helmet (they’re not getting any awards for naming this time around) is the helmet for adventurers and expeditioners. The only helmet on the market that is certified for skiing, rock climbing, and cycling, this helmet is purpose built for athletes who just can’t sit still. Predawn bike ride to the trailhead? Check. A full day of climbing and skiing? Got it. Excellent fit for long hours of wear in gnarly conditions? Shut up and take our money.

Free Ride: Marker Phoenix Otis $189

Marker Phoenix

The Phonenix tackles early morning powder lines, afternoon terrain park laps, and everything in between. Marker equipped this helmet with their MAP protection pads, aiding in shock absorption where you need it most. built over that is an EPS foam and had ABS plastic shell, giving you layered protection for sending huge lines. It doesn’t hurt that the fit is stellar, ensuring you’ll want to wear it in all conditions.

For The Ladies: Pret Lyric X $140

Pret Lyric X

The Lyric X’s plush liner will keep your lady warm and comfortable no matter how hard it’s snowing. The shell boasts a MIPS liner, and RECCO reflector (the only helmet on our list with RECCO technology). Developed specifically with Pret’s athlete team, it is as stylish as it is protective.