The following guide offers our selection of top tips and suggestions to improve your safety whilst out on the pistes. So make sure you read this guide before you head out to the mountains!!!
Wear a Helmet
One of the best piste safety tips we can offer is to wear a certified helmet. This is a often viewed as a matter of personal choice – to wear, or not to wear, a helmet. However, if you consider those who routinely wear protective headgear, including football and baseball players, construction workers, horseback riders, rock climbers, bicyclers, auto racers, and motorcycle riders – it certainly makes sense that wintersport enthusiasts should be just as careful. The most important safety tip that I would personally give to any level skier or boarder, is to wear a certified helmet.
Exercise in advance. You will have much more fun on the slopes if you’re in good shape. Work your way up to your holiday by exercising year-round on a regular basis.
Use proper ski equipment. Don’t borrow equipment. Rent from a ski shop or the ski resort. When buying equipment, make sure your ski boots are fitted properly. In both cases, make sure your bindings are properly adjusted.
Prepare for the weather. Wear thermals, extra layers of clothes and wear a helmet liner, a hat, or a headband. Wear gloves or mittens. Bring an extra pair in case the first pair gets wet. Remember it is better to be to hot than to cold!
Have a lesson
Get proper instruction. Sign up for ski lessons (either individual or group). Even experienced skiers polish up their skills with a lesson now and then.
Wear goggles or sunglasses. Wear eye protection that fits properly around your helmet. If you wear glasses, consider prescription sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Take a break. You often don’t realise how tired you are on the slopes, the majority of accidents happen through tiredness. If you’re tired, take a break and rest for a while in the mountain restaurants. While you’re resting, make sure you eat and drink enough. The mountains burn a lot of your energy!
Don’t hit the slopes on your own
Hit the mountain with a friend. It’s always safer to ski or board with a friend so they can watch out for you and vice versa. Prearrange a meeting place in case you get separated and use walkie-talkies or mobile phones to stay in touch.
Know your limits
Respect your limits. Don’t push yourself to do things you aren’t comfortable with, by all means accept a challenge but if it’s your 1st run of the holiday ease yourself in! Pistes are clearly marked (Green, Blue, Red and Black) as to what level user they are appropriate for. If you are skiing in a big group don’t be pushed into doing runs you aren’t comfortable with.
Follow the rules. Obey posted piste closure and other warning signs. They are there for a reason. Remember boarders and skiers BELOW you have the right of way!
It may seem fun to stop at one of the many mountain restaurants and have a few drinks, however you wouldn’t drink drive so why drink on the slopes? Your reactions decrease, have an increased risk of hypothermia and if you were to have an accident your insurance company would not cover you.
Hydration and Energy
As previously mentioned, you use a lot of energy and fluids on the slopes. It is vital that you: take provisions with you, eat high energy snacks such as a banana and drink plenty of water. Platypus water containers are slim, fit in a thin bag and hold up to in excess of 3 litres of water, they also enable you to keep hydrated on the slopes whilst on the move. We highly recommend purchasing one!
Stay safe on the slopes,