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Ski Safety

With winter and the holidays fast approaching many of you already have your annual ski trips booked. Whether or not skiing is something you partake in on a regular basis it can be a dangerous sport if you are not careful.

For many, not all, skiing is inclusive of moving at very high rates of speed down steep hills while taking care to pass other skiers and miscellaneous objects. That being said, falls are bound to happen regardless of your level of expertise on the ski front. Collisions are also just as common for that matter.  Because skiing takes place at such high altitudes in the winter the weather can go from sunny and bright to bitterly cold in the matter of an hour. Variations such as these can also change from one slope to the next. Before you venture out to the slopes, it’s very important to have the right gear and know how to use it. In addition to skis, boots, and poles, you will also need warm clothing, protective eyewear, and a helmet intended specifically for skiing or snowboarding. It’s also important to remember the following gear as well each time you head up the mountain:

  • Bindings
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick

Remember to pay attention to those around you and to listen to your body. Don’t over-do it. Remove all wet clothing and footwear immediately and allow your muscles plenty of time to warm back up at the end of each day. Eat solid meals and remember to stay hydrated. Happy skiing, friends!

 

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