Safety Tips for Snowboarders and Skiers

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5 Tips for Skiers and Snowboarders

It's the perfect time of year for ski resort goers across the country to hit the slopes. Whether you're someone who wants to have your snowboard on by sunrise or prefers to sit in the lodge all day, there are many things that you can do to keep yourself safe from potential injury-causing hazards during your first trip to a resort. Here are some tips to help you.

1. Wear the Appropriate Gear

This might seem obvious, but it is important to wear the right equipment when you are out on the slopes. Ensure that your boots and bindings fit correctly, that you have weather-appropriate clothing and that you always pack a helmet.

2. Take Lessons with an Instructor

One of the best ways to ensure your safety while skiing or snowboarding is to take lessons with an instructor. This will help you learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding, as well as proper form and technique, which can greatly reduce your chances of injuring yourself while on the slopes. Most resorts or mountains will offer a “refresher” style course to remind you of the basics if it’s been a little while.

3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

It's important to be aware of where other skiers or snowboarders are around you, as well as any potential obstacles or hazards you might encounter. Make sure to keep your eyes open for other people on the slopes, trees, rocks, and moguls so that you can avoid them when necessary.

4. Know Your Ability Level

It's important to know your skill level before hitting the slopes and choosing a run. Don't challenge yourself with more difficult terrain if you aren't ready, and don't be afraid to take it slow and steady when starting out. Take your time, and practice on the easier runs until you gain more confidence in your abilities.

5. Be Prepared for Emergencies

It's also a good idea to ensure that you are prepared for any potential emergencies that might occur while you are out on the slopes. Make sure you have a plan in place just in case something happens, such as knowing where the nearest ski patrol is located or having a first aid kit with you at all times.

If you have been in an emergency situation that resulted in an injury to you or a loved one, call Fowler | Helsel | Vogt at (559) 900-1280 to discuss your potential options.

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