Skiing is a highspeed Mountain Extreme Sport which exposes you to Different Kinds of Dangers. The dangers that are related to being on a snowy mountain area are just one of those. Thousands of skiers get seriously injured each year and some even die. Before You Go Skiing, Make sure that you have some basic knowledge of the risks you are taking to be able to take the necessary precautions and be able to handle crisis situations.
Before Hitting the SlopesIn Skiing, the chances of getting yourself injured are comparatively lower than in bicycling, in-line skating, or jet skiing. However, do not put your safety in jeopardy. You must always be out of harm’s way whenever you go Skiing. It is a common fact that prevention is still better than cure, and there are things you can do to avoid injuries before hitting the slopes. This section focuses on some guidelines that you can follow before heading the slopes:
- Make sure you are in good shape. There is a much lower risk of getting injured and you will not get tired easily if you are physically fit before Skiing.
- It is better to heed the advice of Ski instructors and experts, or better yet, take several Ski lessons from a competent Ski instructor. For instance, he will be able to give you some guidelines on how to fall correctly to lessen the chances of injury.
- Acquire the appropriate Skiing equipment. Furthermore, check if your gear is in fine condition, especially the Ski Bindings. Have them adjusted correctly at a Ski shop.
- Head injuries are one of the worst that you can get in Skiing, so wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injuries caused by falls and/or collisions.
- Wear Ski Outfit that can resist wind and water. There are Skiing clothes which have wind flaps, shield zippers, cozy cuffs for the wrists and ankles, or adjustable drawstrings to make you warm and keep the wind out. Avoid wearing loose garments since they may be entangled in Ski Poles and lifts.
- Dressing in layers permits you to put up with the constant temperature changes of your body. Use a turtleneck, sweater, and a jacket.
- Wrists, as well as your knees, are very sensitive to Skiing falls and crashes. Thus, protect them with Wrist Guards and Padding.
- Be keen on possible weather changes. Wear gloves or mittens, and bring something to keep your head warm like a hat or headband. You can lose heat through your head by as much as 60% so take the necessary garments.
- Apply an adequate amount of sunscreen or sunblock for sun protection. Be aware that the sun’s reflection off the Snow is strong even on cloudy days.
- Sun’s rays and glare can impair your vision. Wear sunglasses or ski goggles so you can clearly see the terrain.
It still holds true that it is always better to take preventive measures in order to reduce the risks of injuries. Make sure to ensure your safety before you go Skiing. Take note of these guidelines in order to keep you on the safe side.
While You Are On the Slopes
If ensuring safety Before Hitting the Slopes is very essential, making your way to be safe while on the slopes is of equal importance. You need to consider a lot of factors so you can reduce your risks of getting injured. In this section, we will look at some of the things that you need to pay attention to when you are on the slopes:
- Maintain control. At this time, you should know your skill in Skiing and the terrain. Ski within your abilities. If you realize that you are on a slope that is beyond your Skiing ability, keep your Skis on and side steps down that slope.
- At the start of each Skiing day, take several slow Ski turns to warm you up.
- Have a Skiing partner and do not lose sight of each other? If you lose your partner, stop for a while, and wait.
- As much as possible, stay on marked trails and do not Ski on avalanche-prone areas like steep hillsides which do not have enough vegetation.
- Be aware of weather changes and Snow conditions. Learn how to adjust in different conditions such as deep Powder Snow Condition, Snow, and unfavorable weather.
- Drink an adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.
- Remember that drinking alcohol and Skiing are not a good combination. The same goes for taking medicines. Some drugs have side effects like making you drowsy or impairing your senses.
If you get tired, the most sensible thing to do is to stop and take a rest. Fatigue can increase your chances of getting injuries.
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