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 Ski Resources | Ski Safety | Ski Safety Tips


  Ski Safety Tips
  • You should start to get into shape early. Don't tackle a difficult mountain with weak legs and body muscles. You're asking for a cast or something worse. Stretching, and losing a few extra pounds before you hit the slopes, will help reduce the incidence of accidents.
  • You should wear sun protection, also on cloudy days. The reflection of the solar rays off the snow is stronger than you might imagine. Always wear eye protection such as sunglasses or ski goggles.
  • You should to take a ski instruction, for your level of expertise, invest in ski lessons the first time on the slopes and the first time at a resort that's new to you. It will make skiing a lot safer and enjoyable if you learn the runs from an instructor.
  • Never ski out of control, Always focus all your attention on your skiing and the mountain in front of you. Always watch for trees, ice, rocks, low or fallen sections, and the other skiers around you. Keep a distance of least 25-50 feet between you and other skiers. If a run is busy, stop and let other skiers pass. You can then proceed down the slope more safely once the run has cleared. Stay out of the way of snow vehicles and obey all advisory signs.
  • You should not try to ski a run that's beyond your experience and knowledge. Retain yourself to the groomed portions of the trails. Remember to ski to the right when passing oncoming skiers and when skiing a double track. On a 2-way trail, the descending skiers always have the right of way.
  • Don't block the trail. If you must stop or you fall, move off the track quickly.
  • Always know your limits. Stop before you become tired. Most accidents happen when one goes for that "One last run," when instead they should have stopped for the day.
  • Make sure your equipment is in good condition and that the bindings are not baggy. If your equipment is old, you might want to consider upgrading your boots, bindings, and skis to some with newer technology, or rent equipment.
  • You should carry carbohydrate as well as glucometer. You will be consuming a lot of energy and you will want to recover blood glucose levels on a regular basis and be able to treat low blood glucose levels. Do remember that there are no instant carbohydrates so retake your blood glucose level in 30 minutes after eating to make sure you are ok. If you are using a pump, lower your basal rate while you are skiing and for a few hours after you plan to stop, to help control this problem, but never think the machine can do it all. No matter how you control your diabetes, start the day skiing easy slopes and work up to those challenging slopes. Also, carry a water bottle or stop for a drink, as skiing can be dehydrating.
  • Never ski alone, and always let somebody know where you're skiing and when to expect you back. Have your identification always and make sure that it identifies you as having diabetes.

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