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Stay Safe on the Slopes: Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips

Dec 6th, 2022

With winter sports season in full effect, thousands of people flock to the winter resorts to get onto the slopes. Here in Colorado, skiing and snowboarding are among the most popular things to do during winter. However, these sports can also be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken, and even the most proficient skiers and snowboarders can be vulnerable to serious bodily injury or even death if they don’t take proper care. The following safety tips will help reduce the risks on the slopes for you and your family, so a fun outing doesn’t turn tragic.

Wear Appropriate Gear

It’s important to wear appropriate gear when skiing or snowboarding to protect yourself from potential injuries. Make sure you have a warm, waterproof coat, pants, gloves, and boots. Wear vivid colors so you can be easily spotted on the slopes. Helmets for skiing and snowboarding are essential to reduce the risk of head injuries in case of a fall. It’s also a good idea to invest in an avalanche transceiver if you plan on skiing or snowboarding off-piste, as they can help you locate buried skiers in the event of an avalanche. Finally, invest in skis with brakes or a snowboard leash to keep these items from getting away from you.

Get the Right Fit

Make sure you know how to adjust your boots, skis, and bindings for the right fit so your legs and feet can’t move in awkward positions. If necessary, get professional help with the fittings to ensure they’re right.

Get in Shape Before Hitting the Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are physically demanding activities. If you’re out of shape when hitting the slopes, you’re more prone to injury due to fatigue and lack of stamina. Don’t wait until you’re at the resort to start exercising. Plan ahead to condition your body, so you aren’t fighting fatigue on the slopes.

Know Your Limits 

Trying more challenging runs when skiing or snowboarding can be tempting, but if you don’t have the proper training and skills, these can be dangerous or deadly. Don’t push yourself too hard if you’re feeling uncomfortable or uncertain about a run. Even if you feel confident skiing a certain run, always pay attention to your speed as going too fast can significantly increase your injury risk. Additionally, never ski alone; having another person with you is essential for safety and companionship.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings 

Finally, know your surroundings while on the slopes. Pay attention to other skiers and riders and give them plenty of space so accidents might be avoided. Be aware of any signs around warning about potentially hazardous conditions such as ice patches or rocks, and take care when crossing ski lifts over runs so that collisions don’t occur.

Even when taking these safety precautions, sometimes accidents happen. Not everyone on the slopes will be as conscientious as you are. Sometimes ski resorts can even be negligent about keeping their slopes in the proper condition or warning people about possible hazards. If you or someone you love is injured on the slopes due to someone else’s negligent actions, you/they may be eligible for compensation for damages. A skilled personal injury attorney can help ensure this happens. Call our offices for a consultation.