PLEASE NOTE:  There will be a ski club meeting after school the week of the first trip of January 7th.

    2018 Ski Club Dates:    

    Sun. 1/7, Sat. 1/20, Sun. 1/28, Sat. 2/10.
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    Club Advisors:
    The information here must be updated for the 2013-2014 school year. Once pricing and trip dates are finalized, the new information will be posted, and letters and forms will be updated.
    Ski Club Dates:
    - TBA
    - Skiers/Snowboarders MUST have their own EQUIPMET prior to the first trip on 1/7.
    - - All skiers/snowboarders MUST wear a HELMET.

    New Jersey ski helmet law is in place


    Cannonball Winter Sports picked a good year to get into the ski and snowboard business.


    The store, which used to just sell pool supplies in the summer, opened two months ago in Phillipsburg and owner Mike Rice began selling what should become a popular Christmas gift: helmets.


    New Jersey becomes the first state to require juveniles to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding this season -- prompting retailers and ski resorts to stock up in anticipation.


    Cannonball has 150 helmets for sale from $55 on up, and the store hopes the law will equal big sales.


    The law, passed in April, requires riders 17 and younger to wear the protective gear.


    Parents or guardians of juvenile riders failing to wear helmets would face a $25 fine for the first violation and $100 fines for any subsequent offenses.


    Mountain Creek, the Garden State's largest ski area, has quadrupled its helmet inventory since 2009 in anticipation of the law's approval, according to Vice President Bill Benneyan.


    The Sussex County-based resort went from 500 helmets for rent in 2009 to 2,000 this year, Benneyan said. It costs $9.99 to rent a helmet at the resort.


    Demon helmets on sale at Cannonball Winter Sports. Express-Times Photo | BILL ADAMS


    Mountain Creek also sells helmets at two retail locations at the resort.


    The ski resort will make visitors, especially out-of-state riders, aware of the change through signs, trail maps, rental and ticket employees and an internal radio channel.



    "There's no good reason not to wear one and lots of good reasons to wear one," Benneyan said.


    Lower Towamensing Township, Pa.-based Blue Mountain Ski Area has no helmet rules for general riding.



    "We don't make them buy (helmets), but we do highly recommend it," said Abigail Stasik, Blue Mountain's special events coordinator.


    The Carbon County ski area just north of Lehigh Township does require helmets for its BigAirBag, an air-filled cushion adventurous riders can land on after going off a jump.


    Stasik said that most of the time parents need little convincing to get a helmet for their children.


    Researchers at the University of Calgary in Alberta found users who wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding reduce the chance of a head injury by roughly 35 percent.


    Their report, published in February, looked at 12 studies from North America, Europe and Asia.


    The biggest question about the law is how to enforce it. Ski areas cannot enforce the law -- only local and state police can.


    Benneyan said he hoped the local Vernon Township Police Department, which already assists with traffic control, would add checking for helmets "to their list of what to look for."



    Vernon Mayor Vic Marotta said Friday, "the likelihood of putting police on the mountain looking for helmets doesn't seem to be very high."


    Marotta said it was not that they "would not do their job" but had more important priorities.


    Many skil officials and retailers have personal experience, which led them to wear a helmet.


    Cannonball associate Adam Mundy suffered a concussion five years ago in a skiing accident when he was not wearing a helmet.



    "I've hit a lot of inanimate objects," Mundy said.