Skiing is a fun activity for those that enjoy it. You have to practice for you to become an expert. Injuries do occur on the slopes and many skiers can attest that they have sustained an injury at one time or the other. It could be a bruise, a pulled ligament, a cut or even a broken bone among other things. There are dos and don’ts to avoid injuries.
- Wear a Specialist Helmet
While you go out skiing, anything could happen. You can fall and hit your head leading to a serious injury. Colliding or being hit by another skier is also possible. You do not want an injury and much so to your head. By wearing specialist helmets, you will be preventing serious injuries to your head. Its only when you experience a fall you see the importance of a helmet.
- Know Your Limits
Unless you are an advanced skier, there are trails that you should avoid. The trails that you are skiing in should match your skill level. If you stay within the appropriate trail, it will be better and safe for you and the best thing is that they are clearly marked.
- Keep Yourself Warm
It can get really chilly for you when skiing. You should keep yourself warm while at it by wearing the right gear. This includes ski gloves, a jacket, shoes and trousers. Look for gear that is meant for skiers for comfort and improved safety.
- Enhance Your Vision
As you are on the ski slopes, there could be low visibility thus you must have a clear vision ahead to avoid injuries. There are ski goggles that are specifically designed for this and besides enhancing your vision; they will also be protecting your eyes from things that may harm them. Precipitation and UV rays which are harmful to the eyes will be prevented.
- Follow the Rules
There are definitely rules that have been laid down. From not doing certain things to doing others, you must follow these rules set by the relevant federation and the skiing resort. By being responsible while skiing to staying in control, have the rules at hand and adhere to them.
Purchase Travel Insurance
As you take the necessary safety measures, having travel insurance of uttermost important. You may not be injured whenever you go skiing but it could happen and when this happens, it will not be a walk in the park. In addition to having a bad injury, it could take a toll on your finances. Do not see travel insurance as an expense, but a necessity. As you purchase the insurance, ensure that it covers winter sports.
So, how you can minimise the risk of injury?
Are you fit to ride?
It may seem an obvious question, but some forget to give themselves a body scan before heading off. If you have a heart condition or dodgy knees or you are simply unfit perhaps skiing is not for you.
It takes practice to gain confidence and control on the slopes. Mobility, endurance, and coordination are all important qualities. Racing down the slopes is not much fun if you’re out of control.
If travelling in a group that includes beginners or intermediate level skiers, choose destinations that offer “blue” and “red” runs as well as the the more challenging “black” pistes so everyone is catered for.
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Follow the “ten commandments” of the FIS rules
The Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) spells out the ten rules of conduct for skiers and snowboarders worldwide. They are designed to keep you safe.
In general, the rules dictate that while on the slopes, you must act in a responsible manner, ensure you are always in control and take into account the possible mistakes of others – much like when you’re driving a car. Even well-prepared pistes can get icy so you’ll need to practice the art of going slow.
What else should I bring/wear?
Sun cream: Regardless of whether the sun is out or not, put sun cream on your face before you get on the slopes.
Top tip: Don’t put moisturiser your face in the morning as this can freeze in cold temperatures and if amplified by the wind could even give your frostbite.
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Back protector: Though not a requirement, back protectors are a must if you suffer from a back problem or if you are a freerider/freestyler. Protectors should have plenty of ventilation and meet the European CE EN 1621-2 standard.
Backpack: If you want to carry things with you like your phone, camera or water bottle, wear a small backpack that is durable, waterproof and snow proof. Make sure there aren’t any loose straps or buckles as they can get caught up in the ski lifts.
Off piste skiing
Dare-devils may enjoy skiing off-piste especially as modern skis can carve through thick powder easiiy. Novice or intermediates who want to give it a go, take an expert who knows the area and can help if you get stuck.
Remember that when skiing off-piste, you do so at your own risk and are fully responsible for yourself. Make sure you assess the dangers in advance, including avalanches, changes in weather, glacier crevasses and snow quality. It is also very important to check that your travel insurance includes a clause for off-piste skiing.
Any further questions about safe skiing?
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- What to do in an emergency
- Skiing with children