Safety for Skiers
Is Skiing Safe?
How safe is skiing? It's safer than you might expect. In fact, studies show that skiing is no more dangerous than other high-energy participation sports.
Skier Safety Tips
One of the best skiing safety tips is really a matter of personal choice - to wear, or not to wear, a helmet while skiing. Both the NSP (National Ski Patrol) and the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) encourage wearing a helmet, but, it isn’t mandated.
Skier Responsibility Code
It is always your responsiblity, regardless of the equipment used or the level of skier, to be courteous to others and to be aware that skiing safely makes the ski slopes safer for all of us.
Skiing Ability Levels
Knowing your skiing ability levels is often necessary when purchasing a lesson, and knowing your skiing ability level will make sure that you get the most out of your ski lesson. Here is a guide to determining your correct skiing ability level.
Ski Trail Ratings
Knowing the ski trail ratings are essential for mountain safety. Trail ratings vary at different resorts, so, it's important to consider all trails individually and use caution when skiing.
How to Avoid Altitude Sickness for Skiers
When you're skiing at higher altitude resorts, it's important to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, which include headaches, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and fatigue, and take precautions to prevent or minimize symptoms.
How to Ski on a Crowded Trail
When ski resorts fill up, skiing on a crowded trail can be difficult and sometimes even dangerous! Especially when the trail gets narrow, it can be hard work to navigate through other skiers. Colliding with another skier can cause injury (and it hurts!), so skiing safely on crowded trails is necessary for everyone's safety.
When You Fall
I have been asked by several people "How should I fall when skiing?" First, let me say that it is my sincere hope that all skiers reach the degree of perfection that falling is never an issue.
Safely Ski from A to Z Book Review
A review of Mary Palmer's children's book, Safely Ski from A to Z, which reviews important points about ski technique and safety in a fun and engaging format.
Ski Etiquette: Top Ten Ways to Be a Polite Skier
Everyone knows that there’s always an impolite skier somewhere on the mountain. You don’t want to be this person – not only can rude behavior get you stuck in dangerous situations, but it can get your expensive ticket or valuable season pass pulled for the day, too. Here are the top ways to be a polite, safe skier.
Skier Safety Tips - Wear a Helmet
More and more skiers are wearing ski helmets, and for good reason - a good ski helmet can protect your head from serious injury, and even prevent death.
Snow Study Tools for Skiers
I have often mentioned the availability of avalanche safety clinics, for skiers venturing into the backcountry. Now, the more I look into the necessity of knowing as much as possible about staying safe in avalanche prone off piste areas the more useful products and materials I am finding, such as a Snow Crystal Card by Brooks-Range...
Tips for Skiing in Low Visibility Weather
Low visibility weather can make any trail seem more difficult than it really is. However, skiing in fog can not only be disorienting, but also poses safety hazards, too. Here's more on how to ski safely when you can't even see the skier in front of you.
Types of Crevasses
There are three different types of crevasses: transverse, longitudinal, and marginal.
Safety suggestions and tips for backcountry skiing from the National Ski Patrol. Information on avalanche safety is also included.
How to Avoid Sunburn on the Slopes
It's important to take extra steps to keep your skin safe on the mountain. At high altitudes, not only are you closer to the sun, but the atmosphere is thinner and thus filters less ultraviolet light, putting you at greater risk for sunburn. Also, the sun is reflected by the snow, creating additional hazards. Here's how to keep yourself...
Winter Skin Care Products Review
When you’re out on the slopes, the harsh elements are bound to take a toll on your skin. With the sun reflecting on the snow, the wind whipping around your face, and the cold, dry mountain air, you may find yourself leaving the resort with both sunburn and windburn, both of which can make your next day skiing extremely uncomfortable. Read on for...
Winter Ski Care - Neova Day Therapy Review
When you’re skiing at 9,000 ft. elevation, in sunny spring conditions, you’re going to need a sunscreen that really gets the job done. That’s why I brought Neova Day Therapy on my March trip to Val D’Isere, France. Here's a review of Neova Day Therapy.