The Safety Report – Safe Slopes: Ski & Snowboard Responsibly
April 9, 2011
Although time is almost up for enjoying winter sports, here are some other tips to help you stay safe on the slopes:
- Don’t ski alone, ski with a companion who can go get ski patrol in the event of an injury, or stay with the injured party.
- Carry a cell phone. Most ski areas’ ski patrol dispatch desks can be reached or routed through by a 911 call.
- Wear a helmet. Studies show ski helmets reduce injury and prevent death.
- Take a ski lesson. Advanced skiers have an injury rate one-fourth the injury rate of novice skiers.
- If you snowboard, mind your blind side.
- If you are in an accident, get the full name, address, and contact information from any witnesses, and if it is a collision, from the other party. Consider taking a cell phone photo of the other person if you think that he/she is about to leave the scene without giving the required information.
- Read and carry the ski area map, and pay attention to the skier responsibility code.
- Ski within your ability.
- Don’t wear headphones or listen to music while skiing or snowboarding.
These and the simple rules about right of way (skiers ahead have the right of way and the skier entering a train has to yield) will make for safer time on the slopes.