It is the desire of most people to travel and stay at a ski resort at some point in time.
After all, there is a serene beauty to looking over a mountain covered with snow, and something bonding about getting cosy in front of a fireplace after a long day on the slopes with a cup of hot cocoa.
However, as you have probably seen in comedy shows relating to skiing, injuries can be somewhat common. While it would be nearly impossible to list all the things you would need to do to stay safe while skiing, it can be helpful to be aware of the basics.
So, here are some tips on staying safe while hitting the slopes on your skiing holiday.
Warm Up First
The first thing you need to do is warm up your muscles before you attach the skis.
Many people forget to do this basic step before taking on exercise generally, and it can lead to injury. When you are skiing, your muscles are more likely to become tense. The colder air will force your body to pull the blood away from your skin and muscles, leading to a higher risk of cramping.
Be sure to follow the warmup instructions of your skiing instructor when you head to a resort, like HWY 40, to ensure you are adequately prepped.
Wear the Right Clothes
To ski safely, you will need to wear the right clothing.
Of course, it will need to be warm, but it will also need to be made from the right materials, so it is advised to wear thermal clothes, such as gloves, a snood, a jacket, snow pants, and an underlayer. Try to ensure that the underlayer is made from synthetic materials or wool, as these will dry quicker than cotton if you get wet.
It can sound tempting to hit the slopes while listening to your favorite band on a headset, but it is generally never advised. Why? You need to be able to hear what is going on around you, from other skiers calling out about a potential avalanche.
Never wear headphones that play music, leave your phone behind, and focus fully on what you are doing. Aim to keep your ears covered with earmuffs, but make sure you can hear through them.
It sounds obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people attempt to go skiing while drunk or inebriated.
So, if you are going on a skiing holiday with someone who thinks it is a good idea to drink brandy and then hit the slopes, be sure to tell the nearest skiing instructor. It’s better to always stay safe.
Never Ski Alone
It is often depicted in movies, but it is never a good idea to go skiing by yourself. This is because, if you get injured, there is no one to help you or to go for help. Without your mobile phone, you could find yourself stranded very quickly. Always aim to go skiing in pairs at a minimum.