Top 10 Skiing Safety Tips
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
January 13, 2012
Filed Under Sports
Contributed by Jennifer Andrews, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Skiing is a fun and fitness-friendly sport to engage in during the cold winter months.
Whether you are a kid or seasoned veteran however, it is imperative to follow safety rules and precautions before hitting the slopes. Be sure to adhere to the following top ten skiing safety tips in addition to your own for your next outdoor ski day.
10. Wear a helmet
As with riding a bike, wearing a helmet while skiing can help protect you from serious injuries should you fall. Although it is not mandatory to wear a ski helmet, it is highly recommended and encouraged particularly for newbies.
9. Eye Goggles
Eye snow goggles can help protect your eyes from the bright sun, glaring snow and also from turbulent weather conditions.
Avoid going solo while skiing. Take friends or family members with you to look after each other and increase your safety.
7. Tell others
Even if you are skiing with others, It is important to tell others where you are going, when and what time you expect to be home. Designate a time to place a phone call at the end of your ski day to notify others of your safety.
6. Open trails
Avoid trails that have been closed off or marked as off-limits as these trails have been determined as unsafe by the ski resort’s staff and professionals.
5. Skill level
Only take on the hills and ski runs that you are comfortable with and capable of completely. Don’t risk larger or more complicated ski runs if they fall outside of your comfort zone and abilities.
4. Learn with instruction
Whether you are new to skiing or have skied for years, knowing how to properly perform the sport can ensure your safety and avoid dangerous mishaps.
3. Dress appropriately
Be sure to dress appropriately for your ski day or weekends by planning ahead. Dress in layers so you can take off extra snow and ski clothes if you get too warm and always have an extra pair of gloves, scarf and hat in case you lose or soak an item.
2. Re-Hydrate and fuel
When you’re out on the slopes, you may be less likely to tune into hunger and thirst signals. Skiing is a physically demanding sport, so be sure to take a break for rest and re-fueling for lunch or after a few hours.
Sunscreen is not just for the summer and hot weather! Rather, skin exposure to the sun and wind while skiing can lead to skin-burn and dry, irritated skin. Be prepared by using sunscreen and moisturizers in advance and replenish when you take a break.