December is almost over, the temperature is finally dropping, and Christmas is behind us which means soon everyone will be walking in a winter wonderland, and playing in it too. I’ll go through the 4 "S" sports: skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and skating eventually, but for now I’ll focus on skiing.
If you have the experience and equipment, this can be a great way to spend a Saturday or a full weekend. With all the fun associated with skiing, there are a few safety considerations:
1. HELMET HELMET HELMET:
No matter what slope you’re going to, your proficiency, your age; helmets are a MUST HAVE.
2. Check ski conditions before hand:
Don’t just check the weather and snow coverage; make sure you’re comfortable skiing there.
3. Dress for the weather:
If there’s snow on the mountain, it’s usually cold. Bundle up and cover your face, frostbite can be a pain.
Make sure you have equipment that fits you and is the proper size, this is more crucial for children who regularly grow and need new equipment.
5. Buddy system:
Go to the mountain with one pal or a few, skiing alone can be dangerous simply because there’s no one to watch your back.
6. Don’t give people the cold shoulder:
Be sure to let people know when/where you’re going and when you’ll be back in case, god forbid, something happens and you can’t call for help.
As soon as you start feeling tired, give it a rest, they have heated lodges filled with food for a reason.
Here are a few helmets to check out buying if you don't already have one.
While you’re browsing the internet for nearby slopes (I recommend Gunstockpersonally) and ski equipment dealers, check us out at www.agordon.com. Contact us if you have any skiing safety questions (and questions in general) or if you want to learn more about insurance.