Ski Holidays - Playing Safe
Today's ski holiday equipment is designed for comfort and effortless skiing - but with it comes increased speed for novices and established skiers
For new and intermediate people the extra speed can present danger.
Here are a few safety tips to ensure your time on the slopes is fun - and injury free:
Dress for the Occasion
Many people hit the slopes trying to look cool instead of trying to keep warm. Dress in layers and remove them as needed. Keep in mind that your
clothes, including your mittens and gloves, will get wet as you ski. Picking the proper clothing is the first lesson in how to ski safely.
Wear a Helmet
While some people will not wear a helmet for fear of looking uncool, massive head trauma is far less cool than even the silliest looking helmet. Nearly
every sport that involves the danger of injury requires the use of a helmet. Biking, football and baseball all make use of helmets. Wearing a helmet is
the single easiest way to protect yourself when skiing. Tragedy has already hit Andorra this year when a young girl hit a crash barrier and couldn't be
Use the Right Equipment
Too often people use high tech, fancy equipment designed for professionals when they are just learning to ski. The best way to make sure your
equipment is suited to your needs is to check in with a pro shop before you start skiing. Especially if you are borrowing equipment from a friend, make
sure a professional inspects it to ensure it is in good working order and suits your needs.
Check to make sure your bindings are latching properly. Also, be sure to inspect your tension gauges and heel plates. Ideally your equipment should
be serviced by a professional once every 10 days of use.
Know Your Limits
We are all tempted to push ourselves in sports. Performance in skiing is not gauged the same as running or swimming. Going as fast as you can is not
the goal. When you are first starting out, simply attempt to make it down the hill uninjured. Build your speed gradually and sensibly. Keep in m