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How to stay safe on the ski slopes

How to stay safe on the ski slopes

Embarking on a thrilling ski season adventure this year? Whether you're a seasoned skier or a first-timer, get educated about the potential risks before you head out to the slopes. Read on for essential tips and make the most of your snow-filled holiday.

  1. Shield Yourself from the Sun:

    Despite what you might assume, enjoying the slopes can lead to significant sun exposure, even in chilly weather. Protect your skin by following these tips:
  • If you don’t want to be on the slopes all day, Ski during early mornings or late afternoons to avoid peak sun hours. Also, a perfect excuse for a long lazy lunch!
  • Cover exposed skin, wear a helmet, and use sun goggles to shield your eyes.
  • Apply sunscreen with a mid to high SPF, focusing on the face, nose, ears, and neck.
  • Don't forget lip balm with SPF to prevent dry, cracked lips.
  1. Get Fit for Skiing:

    Get prepared for the demands of carving by starting a routine before your holiday. Focus on strength, flexibility, and endurance to make your skiing experience enjoyable.
  2. Ski Fit Check List:

    Wearing the right gear is crucial to staying warm and avoid getting cold. Invest in:
  • A good quality Ski jacket
  • Ski trousers or otherwise known as Salopettes.
  • Thermal top and trouser layers including a fleece
  • Several pairs of warm ski socks
  • Gloves or mittens (maybe even inner gloves) and a hat
  • Neck warmer or Balaclava
  • Goggles - Changeable lenses for sunshine and low visibility are advised.
  • Sunglasses - When stopping for breaks, sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun reflecting off the snow.
  • Helmet - You can hire these in most ski shops in resort if you don't have your own.
  1. Know the 10 Rules of Ski and Snowboard Conduct:

    Familiarise yourself with the International Ski Federation's (FIS) 10 rules of conduct to ensure a safe time on the slopes. These rules cover aspects such as speed control, route choices, overtaking, and more.
  2. Respect others: Avoid endangering or prejudicing fellow skiers.
  3. Control of speed: Ski or snowboard in control, adapting to conditions.
  4. Choice of route: Be mindful of your route to avoid endangering others.
  5. Overtaking: Give enough space when overtaking others.
  6. Entering, starting, and moving upwards: Check slopes before maneuvering.
  7. Stopping: Avoid stopping in narrow or restricted visibility areas.
  8. Climbing and descending on foot: Keep to the side of the slope.
  9. Respect signs and markings: Follow all designated signs and markings.
  10. Assistance: Assist in accidents when needed.
  11. Identification: Exchange information after an accident.

Secure Travel Insurance:

Before embarking on your winter getaway, ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance. It's a must-have for unexpected situations like  emergencies, lost bags, or theft. Check your policy to confirm coverage for winter sports and other planned activities. See more details below

Ski smart, stay safe, and make the most of your Alpine adventure.

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