Winter Sport Safety
The first winter sport safety concern is keeping warm to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Purchase good quality, warm ski clothing. Don’t forget your hat and gloves. Be careful of drawstrings which can get caught in ski lifts and other equipment and cause serious injury. Footwear should keep your feet warm and dry and provide good ankle support. All your equipment should be in good condition.
The next safety consideration is to take lessons. Find a qualified ski instructor to teach you to ski properly. Many ski resorts have very good ski schools.
Your bindings should not be too tight as they must release if you fall to prevent ankle injuries. If you do fall kneepads as well as wrist guards and body guards will protect you. You may even consider wearing a helmet especially in rocky terrain. Learn how to fall properly. Hold your arms forward with your skis together and keep your hands over the skis. Avoid using your hands to break the fall and only get up once you have stopped sliding. If you are feeling tired, do not push yourself, rather take a break. Only try tricks on your skis and snowboard one you are more experienced and have had proficient instruction.
It is better to ski or snowboard in groups as, should something happen to you, there will be someone to help or to call for aid. It is vital to keep fit and also to warm up thoroughly before hitting the slopes to prevent ligament and tendon tears. Avoid dehydration by drinking water continuously throughout the day.
Keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and heed storm warnings. Don’t forget your sunscreen. Sunlight reflecting off the white snow and ice may cause sunburn even if it is cloudy. Care for your lips with a sunscreen lip balm.
By following these basic winter sport safety tips you can prevent most injuries and have a more enjoyable holiday.