As the weather gets colder and snow covers the mountaintops, many outdoor enthusiasts are eager to get in some quality skiing and snowboarding. No matter your skill level, there are important thing to keep in mind before you hit the slopes. These tips will help you and others stay safe this season.
While you don’t have to be a bodybuilder or distance runner, it’s important to have good core strength before you ski or snowboard. This strength will help you avoid injury and have better control of your equipment.
Don’t Borrow Equipment
While it’s impossible for everyone to have his or her own ski and snowboard equipment, it’s better to rent equipment than to borrow. Those in charge of renting the equipment can help make sure you get what you need for your unique body size and skill level.
Wear a Helmet
Helmets decrease the risk of injury by 35 to 50 percent. While helmets can’t protect against everything, they are an important line of defense in keeping yourself safe.
Prepare for Conditions
Know the weather conditions before you head out, and make sure you ski and snowboard on slopes that match your skill level.
Head out With a Buddy
Instead of snowboarding and skiing alone, go with a buddy. Each of you will be able to assist the other if an emergency should arise.
Prepare for an Emergency
Along with having a buddy, there are other ways you’ll want to be prepared in case of emergency. Know how to contact Ski Patrol and carry a communication device in case you need to call for help.
Check Your Equipment
Check your bindings, as well as all of your snowboarding and ski gear. Issues with bindings are responsible for about half of all injuries.
Do some stretches before you get on the lift in order to loosen up your joints. This can help you prevent injury from stiff muscles.
Drink water or other fluids throughout the day while you ski and snowboard. Getting dehydrated can make you dizzy or faint.
Know When to Stop
If your body is saying it wants a break, it’s probably a good idea to listen. Even though you may want to get one last run in, it’s important for your body to get the rest it needs before tackling the mountain again.
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