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Safety on the Slopes: The Skiing Safety Tips Every Skier Should Know

April 03, 2024  · 
Safety on the Slopes: The Skiing Safety Tips Every Skier Should Know

There’s no denying it: little compares to the adrenaline rush that skiing provides. With the wind whipping past you as you glide down the world’s most stunning mountains, the feeling of freedom is almost indescribable. 

But it must be remembered that skiing comes with a unique set of risks, and care must be taken when up in the mountains. 

We want to help make sure that your next skiing trip is the best it can be, so we’ve pulled together a helpful list of top tips and safety considerations to bear in mind when you’re next out on the slopes

Gear Up

The importance of good ski gear cannot be understated. If you’re a regular skier, take the time to invest in your own quality skiing equipment, including skis, boots, helmets and goggles. 

Make sure that your equipment fits you properly, too. Not only will this make skiing a more comfortable experience, but it can also minimise the risk of accidents brought about by ill-fitting gear. 

Be Prepared For Emergencies

If you’re heading out on your own, make sure that someone has an idea of where you will be and roughly what time to expect you back. Keep your phone on you when out in the mountains, so that you can call for help in the case of any emergencies. A helpful trick is to place a hand warmer alongside your phone in your pocket. This will help keep your phone warm and, in doing so, preserve its battery life. 

It can help to familiarise yourself with basic first aid, too. It is always good to know the signs of hypothermia or other illnesses and injuries and to know how to respond in the case of any incidents. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the location of first aid stations within the resort. Make sure you know who to call or how to get help in the case of an emergency.

Familiarise yourself with the FIS Code of Conduct

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) ten rules for skiing and snowboarding safely provide great guidance for slope safety. Although not a conclusive set of rules - as the rules and regulations put in place by the resort in which you’re skiing must take priority - the FIS’ Code of Conduct provides a helpful set of principles to try and follow when skiing or snowboarding.

Respect Others

An obvious but no less important rule: respect the other skiers and snowboarders around you. Be aware of your surroundings, and take due care to keep your fellow sportsmen safe out on the slopes. Don’t do anything that could place someone in danger. 

Respect Nature

Just as important as respecting those around you is taking care to respect the environment surrounding you. Always adhere to the Leave No Trace principles, and bring any rubbish home with you – don’t leave anything behind on the slopes. Try to avoid causing any damage to the environment too. 

What is of paramount importance is that you respect the weather, too. Keep up-to-date with weather conditions, and be aware of any changeable conditions that could pose a risk to you. Don’t try and battle through unfavourable conditions; just take a break and wait it out. 

Stay Hydrated 

Skiing is thirsty work! Especially when you are wearing thick or heavy skiing gear, the physical exertion of skiing can mean that you lose a lot of fluid. Make sure that you take regular water breaks and stay hydrated – and no, that doesn’t just mean indulging in apres ski…

Stay Energised

Going hand-in-hand with hydration, staying energised out on the slopes is also important. Stop and take regular breaks and bring snacks with you to help replenish your energy levels. 

Wear Sun Protection

High altitude means significantly higher UV exposure, so ensuring you are well-protected from the sun’s rays is paramount. Make sure you apply sun cream before going out onto the slopes, and reapply it every two hours. Take extra care to apply sun cream to the parts of your body that will be most exposed to the sun. 

The reflection of the sun’s rays off of the white snow can pose a danger to your vision. When choosing your ski goggles, try to make sure that they offer UV protection, as this will help to protect your face and eyes from the harshness of the sun. 

Be Informed

Before you head out, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the ski area’s map and signage, paying particularly close mind to the location of first aid points and places to stop safely for a drink and a rest. 

Make sure that you pay attention to any avalanche warnings, and avoid skiing when conditions may be hazardous. Also, take care to keep aware of any trail closures or areas that may be closed as a result of poor weather. 

Know Your Limits

It’s good to challenge yourself, but it’s even more important to know the limits of your abilities. Don’t push yourself to the point of posing a risk to yourself and others. Take the time needed to improve your skills before attempting to take on any harder runs.

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