Free Ski Helmets at Mont Ripley

Young skiers were treated to a free helmet today at Mont Ripley in Hancock.

The helmets were provided through a $3,000 grant to Portage Health and an additional $2,000 from Dr. Craig Coccia of Marquette General Health System’s Brain & Spine Center.

Mont Ripley general manager Nick Sirdenis says the helmets really do make a difference.

He says 18% of the accidents on the hill this year have involved people suffering concussion-like symptoms.

Sirdenis says most of those victims were snowboarders, and only one of those snowboarders was wearing a helmet.

More than 200 helmets were donated, plenty for every student in the program to get a free ski helmet if they don’t already own one.

Posted by: Mike Hoey