I must confess to making a mistake. When you're on vacation, with your family, never check your email or voice mail. I did.
Mistake No. 2 was to consolidate a number of comments from concerned Star readers about the decision by OFSAA as it relates to new rules about ski helmets, and then write this blog. So, I'll keep it short - while the family isn't looking.
OFSAA has said that high schoolers competing at the provincial final won't be allowed to get on the slopes unless they wear helmets that completely cover their heads, and now, also their ears. Mandatory stuff. I don't remember hearing of many situations whereby skiers hurt their ears while ski racing.Then again, I have not been at every school ski race in my tenure as a sports journalist.
I can see safety being an issue for people, especially young people, when they fly down a ski hill in a school race. But I do wonder why the edict has been issued by OFSAA now, and one that will force many skiers to go buy a new helmet or hope that grandma saved up enough coins for a gift this time of the year.
As if the sport already isn't costly enough, now parents and kids have to dish out more cash - in these tough economic times. And I can't figure out why OFSAA is doing this, when many of its member associations across the province don't enforce the same rule.