Preparation is the key to ensuring a happy and safe ski holiday in the mountains. Whether you are pre-booking equipment, packing your case or getting fit for long days on the slopes – follow this ski safety advice to get the most out of your ski holidays.
Skiing is a physically demanding sport, with poor fitness causing many problems and injuries on the slopes. Prepare for your skiing holiday by getting in shape before you arrive at the resort. Strength and flexibility will be important when you begin skiing on the mountains, so take the time to ensure you are physically able to make the most of your holiday.
When you arrive at the resort, there will be many different types of skiing equipment from which to choose. Don’t rush in and grab the first boots you find, make sure they fit properly and are suitable for your level of ability. Wear the socks you will be skiing in to guarantee your fitting will be accurate, and above all else – ask for advice from the professionals.
Wear appropriate clothing
Before you hit the slopes, you should put on layers of clothing. This should happen before you even put on your ski jacket or trousers. The mountains can be bitterly cold, especially if you are out skiing for long periods of time. You should first apply a thin layer to withdraw moisture from the skin, followed by a medium-thickness layer to retain warmth. Complete the layering with the weather-proof outer layer and you are wrapped up and ready to go.
Learn to fall correctly
Everyone that has ever taken up skiing will have taken a fall. It is important to learn how to prevent serious injury the next time you take a tumble. Your ankles, knees and elbows are vulnerable to injury when you take a fall on the snow. Learn how to prevent injury to your joints before your skiing holiday; it could help you spend time on the slopes and not in the hospital.
Protect your skin
Although you may feel cold when out on the mountains, the effects of the sun can still be extremely damaging so you must wear protection. Ensure you wear a high factor sun cream or sun block on any areas of skin that are uncovered. Apply before heading out and reapply at regular intervals, add a lip salve to your application routine for added protection sun protection. You can also wear a hat and goggles or glasses to further protect your head from burning.
Know your limits
Many accidents occur when a skier becomes over confident and attempts things they are not able to achieve. If you are a beginner, be honest with yourself and head for the smaller slopes before moving up gradually through the runs. Be careful on the piste as skiing at high speeds can be dangerous, especially if you aren’t used to it. Skiing is a fun, challenging sport that can be enjoyed by skiers of all abilities, just ensure you understand what you can and can’t do before hitting the slopes.