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Skiers of all levels should wear a helmet to protect their brains from concussions and worse. And while protection for your noggin is the primary objective, an excellent helmet is also well ventilated and warm.

Here, we’ve highlighted some of the very best brands on the market: Giro, Smith, and Oakley. All of these helmets come highly rated with regards to safety; each uses technology to properly absorb impact to best protect the skull and brain. In addition to safety features, you’ll find lightweight, durable materials and awesome ventilation systems.

Our top picks, below.

Look cool while protecting your skull. Amazon

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There’s something distinctly stylish and skater-like about the Ledge from the pros at Giro. On top of that, this hardshell helmet features a multi-directional impact protection system for concussion prevention, stack vent technology, a self-adjusting fit system, removable ear pads, and a goggle container.

Features not one but 21 vents in total. Amazon

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Built from hybrid Aerocore construction, this helmet is crafted for hardcore skiers. The Vantage is fitted with 21 vents in total, so you can stay comfortable no matter the conditions. This helmet is also available with Outdoor Tech audio systems and uses a multi-directional impact protection system that helps prevent concussions.

A stellar ventilation system. Amazon

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Oakly’s Mod 5 helmet boasts an adjustable ventilation system (you can open and close the top vent depending on conditions), a no-fuss magnetic buckle, and removable earpads.

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