All it takes is one fall or one wrong turn and splat, your melon cracks open. I’m not talking about acantaloupe in your pack, but the fragile command center sitting atop your neck. Head injuries are no joke;whether you’re in the trees, a rocky chute, carving hardpack, or even on the main trail, every run you take isladen with risk. And while your favorite beanie may make you feel invincible, it’s no match for a ponderosapine or a chunk of granite. A helmet is the only way to really protect yourself from a potentially fatal headinjury. The question isn’t whether or not you should wear a helmet, but which helmet should you wear.Today’s snow lids are light, comfortable, and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Choose a helmetthat fits you perfectly, so you won’t even notice it while you ride. It’s a good idea to bring in your goggles tomake sure they fit well in the helmet you like-some wider goggles may need a more open-cut helmet. Here’sa selection of some of the helmets out there. Go to your local shop and check them out, or call themanufacturer directly-they’ll be happy to send you a catalog and answer any of your questions. Ride safe,have fun. -SL