Skiers and snowboarders should always pay attention to the conditions in which they practice their sport and do not exceed their skill level. Falls, collisions with other people or objects or loss of control are the most common causes of ski injuries. Be careful on slopes and observe the following simple guidelines to prevent injury:
Familiarize yourself with the slopes!
- Following ski or snowboard lessons with an accredited instructor is a great way to learn the basics of the sport you have chosen, to acquire a correct technique and to learn the proper way to use a lift mechanical.
- Wear a certified ski helmet with side openings for hearing.
- The equipment must be properly adjusted and well maintained. Do not use used equipment if it is not the correct size.
- Have the right equipment: the skis and sticks must be adapted to your size and skill level and the boots must be the correct size. Ask for help when you buy your equipment to choose the one that’s right for you.
- Before your first descent of the year, have your fixings checked by a professional to make sure they work properly.
- Wear sunscreen to protect the exposed parts of your face as well as ski glasses or sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Wear clothing resistant to wind and water. The temperature can be really cold at the top of the slopes.
- Wear several layers of light clothing; You will be able to remove or add according to the conditions of the temperature or your level of physical effort.
Take action responsibly in skiing or snowboarding!
- Do stretching and warming exercises before you start on the slopes.
- Never venture alone on the slopes.
- Always choose ski, snowboard or slide slopes that suit your level of skill.
- Respect the Skier Responsibility Code:
- Always stay on top of your skis; Know to stop and avoid other skiers or obstacles.
- Downstream skiers have priority. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- Never stop so as to block the slope or not be seen from above.
- When you start a descent or engage on a track, look upstream and give way to the already engaged skiers.
- Never ski without a safe system to prevent the loss of your skis in the event of a fall.
- Obey all signals and warnings displayed.
- Never venture off-piste or on closed tracks.
- Before taking a ski lift, be sure to have the technical knowledge and skill required to safely take, use and leave this landing.
Take lessons, follow the rules on the slopes and avoid risky behaviors. You will thus put all the chances on your side to spend a pleasant day on the slopes, without risk of accident. Be aware of your limitations before embarking on a winter adventure. Do not forget: if you are tired, rest; If you’re cold, go get a hot drink!