All snow sports come with some level of risk so it’s important you keep safety in mind when heading off on your next ski adventure! With changing weather conditions, snow-covered landscapes and differing levels of skiing and snowboarding ability sharing the slopes, accidents can happen.
What you need to know to stay safe in the snow:
• Dress appropriately
Layered clothing is the best way to keep warm in cold weather. Remember that most of your body heat leaves through your head, so always wear a hat or beanie. Wear mittens – mittens are better than gloves at keeping hands warm since the fingers are together in one ‘pocket’.
• Protect your skin and eyes
Always wear sunscreen when you’re in the snow. The snow reflects the sun in the same way water does so a whole day with your nose out can be devastating for the skin. The same reason goes for protecting your eyes – even if it does not feel like you are being blinded, the sun rays reflecting off the glittery snow may also burn your cornea.
• Wear a helmet
When you are falling, you are unlikely to be able to influence how you will fall or where you will land - so it is recommended that the less experienced skier wear a helmet while skiing. Wearing a helmet is especially essential for children.
Always carry something to drink and snack on when you are out for a day’s adventure. Dehydration and blood sugar deficiency come quickly and are not always easy to recognise when you are exercising in nature. Regular nibbling and sipping is recommended.