Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in the world. Before skiing, arranging travel can be expensive and the perfect resort can be difficult to find, but the fun and beautiful surroundings make it well worth the effort.
Despite not technically being a contact sport, skiing accidents are very common. This is often because of the speed at which people ski, the terrain and weather conditions, and also other people on the slopes. An awareness of some safety checks to make before skiing can reduce your risk of injury.
5 checks to make before skiing
It’s all about staying safe on the slopes. Here are five safety checks to make before skiing, and generally throughout your skiing trip:
- Get the right equipment before skiing: Skis and boots should be chosen to match your exact height and weight. It can be tempting to borrow equipment from friends and family, particularly if it is your first time trying the sport. You should seek professional advice and hire gear from a ski shop before skiing to reduce the risk of any slips, trips or falls on the mountain.
- Know the resort: Piste maps are vital. They show where the easy and difficult runs are on the mountain, as well as relief points and lifts. You should always have a map in your possession.
- Always wear a helmet: Helmets are crucial when skiing, especially for children. Helmets significantly reduce the chances of sustaining a head injury whilst skiing, and also serve to keep your head warm in cold conditions.
- Be sensible: If you are a beginner, you are advised to stick to the blue and green runs, which are designed for first-time skiers. Know your own ability, and do not venture onto a black or off-piste if you do not feel confident.
- Don’t go off-piste without the right insurance: Going off-piste means skiing away from prepared ski runs. It can be very treacherous, no matter how good you are at skiing, particularly if you fall and you are on your own without help. Do not ski off piste without authorisation from the resort or accompanied by an experienced guide.
Claiming compensation for skiing accidents
If you were hurt in a skiing holiday accident someone else was responsible for, you may be entitled to claim for compensation against the responsible individual.
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Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice