Safety


Skiing is fun but it also poses some dangers.  Here are some tips to ensure that you have a safe time at the slopes and out:
-    Use the proper gear.  These should be fit right.   This applies especially to the boots and the bindings.  Ski goggles are also essential.  Also, check if your skis and ski poles are just the right length based on your body and skiing abilities.
-    Prepare your body for the assault.  Exercise and condition your body so that it is ready to face the physical challenges of skiing.
-    Don’t forget your helmet!  Protective headgear will stand you on good stead when you have to take a tumble down the slopes.
-    Come prepared: Make allowances for the caprices of Mother Nature.  Make sure your wear several layers of clothing, as well as a helmet liner.  Also, bring an pair of mittens or gloves in case the one you’re wearing gets wet.
-    Use the “buddy system” when skiing.  It’s always safer to ski with someone who can look out for you. At the same time, you can also look out for him.
-    Use communication tools: If you’re skiing with a friend, use walkie-talkies so you can communicate when you do get separated.
-    Know and respect your capabilities: You should know what you can do and can’t do.  As much as possible, avoid skiing in trails that require skill levels that you still do not have.  You may be in over your head, literally.
-    Keep your focus: Concentrate on the trail and not on the scenery or any other thing.  Most accidents happen because the skier was distracted.
-    Follow the rules of the trail:  The rules and warning signs posted on the trail do not act as guidelines.  They are to be obeyed for your and other skier’s safety.  Never go off-trail, especially if you do not have sufficient experience.  Also, follow the rule with regards to the trails – the persons below you and in front of you have the right  of way.
-    Drink liquids and take frequent snacks: The high altitude can magnify the effect of the sun.  The effect would be that you become dehydrated more quickly.  So load up on your water.  In addition, generously slather up on the sun block.  Also, because of the amount of exertion you are required to do, be sure that you are well fed, since a lot of calories will be taken up by the activity.
-    Drink wisely: It is not wise, however, for you to drink alcoholic beverages when you ski.
-    Be mindful of hypothermia: if you start feeling cold, it may be high time for you to head to the warmth of the hotel or resort.

Always be safety conscious.  It may spell the difference between life and death.

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