To stay safe while skiing, a little preparation and knowledge can help prevent accidents and injuries.
Before you hit the slopes:
- Make sure you have the right equipment. This includes a well-fitting helmet, bindings that are adjusted by a professional to your weight and skiing ability and clothing in layers that can be shed or added as needed.
- Get to know the mountain before you go and choose terrain that is appropriate for everyone in your group. Attempting a run that is too challenging can be scary, dangerous and can ruin a ski day.
- Plan a meeting place in case your group becomes separated.
- Plan to take breaks throughout the day to allow your body to rest and to get enough food and water.
While you are on the slopes:
- Take a few warm-up runs on gentle terrain before moving to steeper slopes.
- Always look up the hill before you start skiing.
- Don’t stop in areas where you can’t be seen from above.
- Be aware of areas were skiers funnel into a narrow area and where skiers are slowing down.
- Stay off closed runs and out-of-bounds areas.
- Remember to take breaks for sunscreen, food and water.
For more tips visit Colorado Ski Country USA, and check out our sports safety articles.