Helmet Rule.  The FWRA requires that all racers wear a "snow sports specific" helmet when racing.
Some ski resorts require a more stringent guideline than the FWRA.  So far, they are allowing the FWRA rule, but it is possible that in the future they will require that our racers wear a FIS approved helmet.  If you are planning to purchase a new helmet, we recommend that you purchase a FIS approved one.  Here is the FIS standard:
  • Helmets must conform to recognized and appropriate standards such as CEH.Din 1077, ASTM F2040, SNELL S98 or RS 98.
  • Helmets must cover the head and ears (hard sides for Giant Slalom, soft sides are OK for Slalom).
  • Helmets with spoilers or edges that stick out are not permitted. Protective features integral to the event being contested, such as chin guards on Slalom helmets are permitted. Soft ear protection is only permitted for helmets used in Slalom.
  • Helmet mounted cameras are not allowed on helmets in official training or competition.
  • Caution: Age and use affect the protective qualities of all safety helmets. Some older helmets and any helmets that have been damaged either in a racing fall or from other impact may no longer provide sufficient protection – even if there are no visible indications of damage.
New Flash.  Nov. 22, 2016.  The FIS has agreed to relax the helmet regulations for Masters Racing for the 2016-2017 season.  FIS certification is recommended rather than required.  BUT, hard sided helmets are still required.