You’re counting the days until the chairlifts start turning, getting your gear tuned up, and even watching out the window for the slightest evidence of snow. Any day now, the ski resorts will open and you’ll be back at it for a full winter of glorious skiing and snowboarding. However, if you’re going to be hitting the slopes at breakneck speeds or riding fast through tree lines, you need to keep your noggin safe.
Even if you’re not planning on going wild on the slopes, it’s critical to have an up-to-date, high-quality helmet. On top of keeping your head warm and holding your goggles in place, it offers what can sometimes be life-saving skull protection while greatly reducing your chance of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) — the leading cause of death among skiers and snowboarders. With that in mind, here are our picks of the best ski helmets currently available.