Helmet regulations for racing 2016 onwards. For Slalom races the minimum required helmet standards are EN 1077 class B or equivalent. This has been a requirement since 2013 at least and if you or you kids are racing in the U.K., on indoor or outdoor slalom races you or they will need a helmet that meets this standard. Slalom helmets are allowed to have soft protection over the ears. For Giant slalom it gets a bit harder. There has been a dispensation in place for the last season for U14 and U16 year olds, but this is coming to an end in Nov 2016. If you or your kids will be doing any Giant Slalom races, then you or they will need a helmet that meets not only EN 1077 class A (or equivalent), but also meets the new FIS RH 2013 standard. This standard must be marked on the helmet. They usually come with a FIS approved sticker. For GS helmets the hard shell must also cover the ears. Because the standards for GS helmets are higher than for slalom helmets, you can use a GS helmet for slalom, but you cannot use a slalom helmet for GS In addition, the helmet must be used as it comes out of the box. You are not allowed to add visors, spoilers or camera mounts to the helmet. Helmets that comply with these standards are not cheap so if you need a helmet for racing, get a FIS RH 2013 compliant one unless you are 100% sure that you will never race GS. As it is end of season there are plenty of good deals around at the moment but you are still looking at something in the region of £100 minimum. https://www.athleteshop.co.uk/uvex-race-helmet-black-pink-m £78 http://www.thesportsoutlet.co.uk/poc-skull-orbic-x-helmet-hydrogen-white £98 are the best deals I have found so far, but the small and medium sizes are selling out.