Planning on hitting the slopes this season? Here are a few reminders on how to stay safe:
Going skiing or snowboarding is possibly one of the most exciting holidays you will ever have. However it is a sport and you are often travelling at speed so it is so important that you understand your limits. It is so easy to go with the crowd and trying to keep up with the more experienced members of your group. Know what you are able to do and if you want to push yourself why not book in for some lessons or a ski tour around the resort with one of the instructors?
Helmet or not helmet?
It is not uncool to wear a helmet anymore, if anything it is the norm on most resorts now and for those under 14 it is compulsory in Italy. You wouldn’t ride a bike without a helmet so consider if you should be wearing one when skiing and snowboarding. If you are going off-piste or taking on some of those black runs then a helmet could be the difference between life and death if you find yourself in a tricky situation.
Make sure you have insurance and make sure you are covered for Winter Sports – otherwise there is no point! The Foreign and commonwealth office found that over a third of people going on a winter sports holiday admitted that they didn’t take out insurance.
Simon Taylor, British Consul, based in Marseille, said:
“Many people will be unaware that failing to wear a helmet or skiing off piste can invalidate some insurance policies, so if something does go wrong you could end up with hefty medical bills. The FCO cannot pay for hospital treatment or for medical repatriation back to the UK, which is why it is so important to check your insurance covers you for everything you want to do.”
Everyone knows that having a cheeky drink with lunch to warm you up or one on the way down after a long day on the slopes is part and parcel of a skiing holiday. However, be aware that altitude can have a huge impact on the way alcohol affects you. You may become more reckless and not be able to feel the cold – which could end up with you being took on one of those stretcher beds and taken back to resort at 100mph and no one wants that to happen. If you are unsure of how it will affect you stick to the hot chocolates.
It is normal for people to have at least one half day or a full day off from skiing. The more tired you get the more likely you are to fall and make rash decisions, which could lead to you hurting yourself.
Ski holidays are great fun, so stay warm and stay safe and enjoy a great holiday!