Helmets have become really cool! Not only can you put your own stickers on them and customize the outside but their designs are now hip. Not only do they look cool now but more importantly they are also warmer than a ski hat. The main reason should be safety but I don't hear that as often as 'this helmet looks funny on me…' , or ' I can't hear with a helmet on' You can get helmets that have open or foam covers for the ear area and you can hear just as well as you can when you wear a hat. It does take a short bit of time to get used to wearing a helmet as it does feel odd skiing around with what seems like a big ball on your head. But you will get used to it! Besides looking cool and keeping you warm the main reason to wear a helmet is safety.
Powder Matt always wears a helmet and I hope that you do now or will going forward