Safety While Skiing

Safety While Skiing

I bet you’ve heard your mother say “better safe than sorry” more than once. And while sometimes that’s annoying, when it comes to skiing, it would be smart to listen to her. Skiing, although in general usually not classified as an extreme sport, can bring about serious and even life-threatening injuries. Regardless of whether you are just heading out for your first skiing vacation ever or if you are an experienced skier with a few black diamond runs under your belt, these might be some points to note before you hit the slopes:

Exercise

While it might seem self-evident, skiing requires a lot of physical preparation. Even if you have been skiing for quite some time, do not expect to find yourself in the finest form ever on the slopes if all you have been doing throughout the year was work and hang out on your couch. Tricks take time to learn, but it is also necessary to have the physical capacity to execute them well. Same applies to beginners; it will be very difficult to manage your skis, let alone yourself on them, if you are a devoted couch-potato. Get a gym membership, find workouts calibrated to enhance performance while skiing, do some cardio, lift some weights and voila!

Choose equipment wisely

It’s not the size of your skis or the fact that you are sliding down the mountain without a helmet that will make you look cool and experienced. Every good skier knows how important appropriate equipment is. If you wish to buy your own skis instead of always renting them, think about what you will mostly use them for, and decide based on that and not on how big or colorful they are. A helmet is a must. Period. If you really do consider yourself a great skier and feel like even this sort of borderline precaution is below you, consider the fact that it might not be you but rather other, less experienced, skiers that can cause an accident. Goggles are also very important; you don’t want to hurt anyone because you simply could not see where you were going! Remember – you can only enjoy the magnificent snow and the brisk pace of skis only if you are prepared for the worst – a big fall – properly.

Listen to the safety instructions

Or any instructions for that matter. That goes without saying if you’re a newbie. Yes, it can get a little redundant if you’re an eager ski resort visitor, but keep in mind that each mountain has its peculiarities. You need to hear about dangerous drops, you need to understand how to properly follow and listen to your instructor, you need to be able to picture how the mountain is mapped out. All of that will not only ensure that you do not end up in some crevasse on the side of the mountain no one ever goes to, but that in general your skiing experience is wholesome and that you get the most out of it.

And to always be on the safe side – take a buddy or two with you. The more, the merrier!

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