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:

  1. 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.
  2. Carry a cell phone. Most ski areas’ ski patrol dispatch desks can be reached or routed through by a 911 call.
  3. Wear a helmet. Studies show ski helmets reduce injury and prevent death.
  4. Take a ski lesson. Advanced skiers have an injury rate one-fourth the injury rate of novice skiers.
  5. If you snowboard, mind your blind side.
  6. 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.
  7. Read and carry the ski area map, and pay attention to the skier responsibility code.
  8. Ski within your ability.
  9. 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.

via The Safety Report » Safe Slopes: Ski & Snowboard Responsibly.


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