Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Stay Safe on the Slopes

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

When approached correctly, skiing is an enjoyable experience with minor risks and huge rewards. If approached with, however, there can be risks involved. Learning how to prepare for and conduct yourself on the slopes is vital to safe enjoyment of the mountain. Here's a few tips that will help:

Wear the Correct Gear Wearing the right gear is as simple as it gets and well-insulated clothing is essential to your safety on the mountain. In these situations, the weather is liable to turn very quickly so, even if it's a sunny day, you should always be prepared for more serious conditions.

Goggles or sunglasses, for eye protection, are also vital and these act to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. They also ensure a clear view during snow fall, so getting a good pair of double-lensed goggles will allow you to stay safe in all conditions.

Use the Right Equipment In the same vein as having the correct gear, making sure your boots are well-fitted and your skis are the right length for your height is just as important. The DIN settings on your bindings, which control how easily your bindings release when pressure is applied, should also be set correctly and if they are too high, can be the cause of a broken leg or ankle even during minor falls.

Get a Good Night's Sleep An essential aspect of enjoying yourself on the mountain involves making sure you get some decent rest. Less likely to make any silly mistakes, a good night's sleep will make you sharper and stronger. If you've been to the pub the night before, it is recommended that you make sure you've had a good amount of rest before hitting the slopes.

Warm-Up Despite how obvious it seems, you would be astonished at how few people actually do this. Warming up by stretching before exercise both prepare your muscles for activity and reduces the risk of injury, facilitating better performance. It takes no time at all to go through a few basic stretches, so there's no excuse for you not to include it in your routine.

Know Your Limits Knowing your limits is essential to staying safe on the mountain. Becoming too cocky and overestimating one's ability is a common problem among new skiers and can result in any number of accidents. While a certain degree of pushing yourself is necessary for progression, you do also have to know your limits and realise what is safe to attempt. An excellent way to assess your capability is to take ski lessons, which help you to learn your level and also find out how to progress further.

Keep Physically Fit Ensuring at least a marginal level of fitness before going skiing is a good idea. If you're overweight, the amount of pressure you're going to put on your joints can be quite damaging. Also, a higher level of fitness will allow you to retain more control in physically demanding situations.

Know Your Environment You should always get to know a slope before you attempt any ambitious manoeuvres. On your initial traversal of a particular slope, for example, and you happen race over a blind section only to find an unexpectedly steep drop on the other side, you could easily end up in a lot of trouble. You should always find your feet by skiing a particular slope a couple of times.

Don't Ski With a Tweak If you feel a whisper of an injury, it's recommended not to ski and instead to seek medical advice. A minor tweak could turn into something serious if you ski on it and you should never proceed until it's checked out by a professional.

Despite the implication that skiing is a very risky sport to undertake, the reality is very different ad by following a few simple rules, you can stay safe on the mountain with minimal effort.

David G works for The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, an indoor ski slope based in Hemel Hempstead that offers the UK's largest ski lessons slope.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:




















LED boat trailer lights are designed to offer high-power output and low-power consumption for ultra-bright and reliable illumination; they are sealed to resist UV-radiation, corrosion, and water

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Boating l December 12, 2012 lViews: 274

All these scooters are highly durable as they have been made using qualitative materials. They are ideal for extreme tricks, jumps and stunts for youngsters and are extremely light in weight. All

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Extreme l November 24, 2012 lViews: 413

The interest in BMXing has grown massively over the past few years. With BMX hitting its peak in the 80's with freestyle riders, the sport has never looked back. Even more impressively BMX racing is

By: Alan Trotter l Recreation & Sports > Cycling l October 24, 2012 lViews: 452

Mountain biking has grown vastly over the years from simple, open entry competitions to global world cup and olympic events. There are still local enthusiasts and the sport has a dedicated following.

By: Philip Loughran l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 248

It's unfortunate but true that although summer holidays such as the 4th of July and Labor Day offer some of the best opportunities for families to get out and enjoy some quality time together, with

By: Dexter Luck l Recreation & Sports > Boating l July 10, 2012 lViews: 585

The term "Klunker" that for years became synonymous with heavy, clumsy machines, was actually the model of bike made by the Schwinn company that had something to do with the origins of freestyle

By: John D Meyers l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 270

Heli-skiing has changed the way people ski. There are many reasons why it's possible to ski in dream conditions, and why it's gradually becoming more and more popular. Helicopter evolution has

By: Patrick A Thompsonl Recreation & Sports > Skiingl June 23, 2012 lViews: 200

Helicopter skiing is a very extreme sport. Though it has been around for a number of years, the evolution of helicopter technology has enabled the sport to become much more accessible. As thrilling

By: Patrick A Thompsonl Recreation & Sports > Skiingl June 20, 2012 lViews: 199

Heli-skiing adequately makes up for the limitations of the more common ski resorts. This is mainly because ski lifts can only go so far, while helicopters can gain access to incredible skiing sites.

By: Patrick A Thompsonl Recreation & Sports > Skiingl June 04, 2012 lViews: 215

However many times people are told not to go off-piste, the sheer excitement of skiing away from the main runs entices many people for the higher levels of exhilaration. Going off-piste in itself

By: Danielle Hodgesl Recreation & Sports > Skiingl May 25, 2012 lViews: 169

Perhaps you're sitting at home looking for a good skiing holiday and chalet. La Tania in the French Alps might be staring at you in the face out of a brochure or the Internet - so why should you

By: Danielle Hodgesl Recreation & Sports > Skiingl May 25, 2012 lViews: 175

We all know the importance of wearing proper skiing gear and never forget to wear our ski helmets and pads every time we go out to enjoy the sport. One of the most overlooked skiing gears is ski

By: Joy Franklinl Recreation & Sports > Skiingl March 30, 2012 lViews: 153

Despite the fact that it's an exhilarating sport with a number of health and social benefits, there are millions of people out there who have never been or don't have the desire to go skiing. After

By: David E Gerrardl Recreation & Sports > Skiingl February 19, 2012 lViews: 126

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus