Ski trips can be a lot of fun. But they can turn tragic quickly when an accident occurs. The good news is that there are ways for skiers to have not only an enjoyable experience, but also remain safe. Keep the following ski safety tips in mind before you embark on your next (or perhaps first) ski trip at a resort.
Wear a Helmet
Although not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that all skiers wear a helmet. Make sure it’s certified. The most common is F2040-ASTM International helmet certification. Look for the ATSM sticker on the inside of the helmet.
Helmets not only provide protection against the harsh elements, but also reduce the risk of injury and even death. For instance, a helmet cushions the head in the event someone strikes a tree, hard ice or any other solid object.
Look for helmets with an inner lining made from expanded polystyrene. The foam helps absorb the impact of a collision, reducing the risk of a brain injury. The outer shell of the helmet should be durable, preferably made of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastic. Also make sure it fits right and comes with a chinstrap that fits snugly (not enough to pinch or choke).
Use the Right Equipment
Avoid used equipment. It’s best to purchase or rent your own.
Use skis that are appropriate for your skill level. Also make sure a professional adjusts the bindings. If they are too loose, it can cause a fall. But if they are too tight, it could be difficult releasing them in the event of a fall. This may be necessary in order to avoid a leg injury.
Make sure the ski poles are the right length. They should have looped straps that go around your wrists. Your ski boots should be comfortable, keep your feet warm, fit properly, and provide adequate support to your ankles. Always buckle them up all the way.
Wear layers to keep warm. Thermal is the most common. Make sure your ski jacket, pants, gloves or mittens are water-resistant or waterproof. It’s a good idea to bring along an extra pair. Also consider using hand warmers
Don’t forget your goggles. Make sure they fit comfortably around your helmet if they aren’t already built in.
Other Important Ski Safety Tips
If you are new at skiing, take lessons from a professional, and always ski with at least one other person. Skiing alone is not safe. But plan ahead of time where you will meet in the event you are separated. Always carry a reliable type of communication device, such as walkie-talkies.
Follow ski trail rules to ensure ski trip safety. Go slow in zones designated “slow zones.” Don’t go beyond closed trails or violate posted warnings. Also, ski in areas that are appropriate for your skill level (beginners, intermediate, advanced).
Skiers who are below or in front of you have the right of way. Always be on the lookout for other skiers. When passing someone let them know you are doing so by calling out, “On your left/right.” And don’t stop on a trail where others might not see you.
Ski trip safety should be of major concern to both adults and parents with small children. If you or a loved one suffers an injury despite trying to make the ski trip as safe as possible, then you may be able to file a claim against the offending person or entity. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another skier or the company that runs the ski mountain, call D.J. Banovitz to investigate if you have a premises liability or personal injury claim on your hands: 303-300-5060.