Here are some general safety tips to consider as you head for the slopes this Winter.
Before you go :
– First of all, always check the safety advice and indications of whatever resort you go to; resorts can give you a written document with their safety policies. If you’re a beginner, take some lessons! Not only will you be more in security and in control, but you will enjoy your holiday more once you’ve understood the basics.
– Be aware of your own physical fitness, and skiing ability; get in shape before you go skiing, and don’t try to tackle anything you may not be able for. Also, be aware of the difficulty code of ski slopes. For example, here in France :
– Keep your equipment in shape too; wearing a helmet is never a bad idea (even when wearing a helmet, zero risk does not exis(t) Go for better equipment rather than cheaper.
– Dress in several layers of lighter clothing, rather than one or two heavy layers; favour clothing that will keep you warm but also evaporate moisture.
– Wear sun protection, and bring sunglasses, gloves and a hat or headband. Just as excessive heat loss can be a problem, so also can sunburn.
On the slopes:
– Stay focused and concentrated, not only on your own next moves, but of others around you on the slopes. Keep a safe distance from other skiers, and think ahead.
– Be aware of snow conditions and of your surroundings; if you’re not sure of something, ask! (The only stupid questions are the ones that aren’t asked).
– Beware of dehydration – drink plenty of water during the day. Be aware also of how alcohol consumptiion will affect your hydration levels, judgement and general physical form.
– Observe signs and warnings, whether they’re physical signposts or verbal indications. Keep out of closed areas.
– Make sure you know how to use the skilifts safely.