Winter helmet safety

The Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety, Vancouver, Canada, November 2009

The Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety was presented at the Winter Helmet Forum: Ski & Snowboarding – Put a Lid on It event held in Vancouver on Nov. 20, 2009, prior to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. The Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety is based on skiing and Children wearing helmets while skiingsnowboarding safety and the Turin Charter, which was approved in the spirit of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games.

The aim of the Charter is to promote a safe, healthy and active sporting and recreational culture, and to make its principles visible to the public, citizens and institutions.

An international review, including Canada, concluded that head injuries are the most common cause of death among skiers and snowboarders. In Canada, it is estimated that 87.5 per cent of skiing and snowboarding deaths are the result of a head injury. More specifically, traumatic brain injury, which appears to be increasing, has been reported to account for 50 to 88 per cent of all fatalities at ski resorts and 67 per cent of all skier deaths in children.

The Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety is available for download.