|Tips for Prior to Hitting the Slopes
Get in shape. Don't try to ski
yourself into shape. You'll enjoy skiing more if you're physically fit.
proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings
adjusted correctly at a local ski shop. You can rent good ski or
snowboarding equipment at resorts.
buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look
for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles,
collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be
adjusted for comfort and keep wind out. Be sure to buy quality clothing
in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly
changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear
(top and bottoms), which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly,
absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and
prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat
with you to the slopes, 60 percent of heat-loss is through the head.
Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those
susceptible to cold hands).
sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you
think, even on cloudy days!
wear eye protection. Have sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and
snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can see.
for When You're on the Slopes
a lesson. Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some
guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take
a lesson from a qualified instructor.
key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control. To have it, you must
be aware of your technique, the terrain and the skiers/snowboarders
aware of the snow conditions and how they can change. As conditions
turn firm, the skiing gets hard and fast. Begin a run slowly.
you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level, always
leave your skis/snowboard on and side step down the slope.
all-important warm-up run prepares you mentally and physically for the
day ahead. Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.
alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with
alcohol or drugs.
your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly-and in control. Stop
before you become fatigued and most of all have fun.
you're tired, stop skiing. In this day and age of multi-passenger
gondolas and high-speed chairlifts, you can get a lot more time on the
slopes compared to the days of the past when guests were limited to
fixed grip chairlifts.
the "Your Responsibility Code," the seven safety rules of the slopes:
stay in control.
ahead of you have the right of way.
in a safe place for you and others.
starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
how to use the lifts safely.
KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.
Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.