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Safety first: Our ski safety tips for your next downhill adventure
13th September 2018
It’s a well-known fact that skiing is one of the top global favourites when it comes to winter sports. Enthusiasts and beginners flock to popular ski destinations and their seasonal chalets, around the world, year after year.
But with an increase in popularity, comes a parallel rise in the number of accidents occurring on the slopes.
For your safety when visiting Verbier ski resorts, or those internationally, we have put together a some ski safety tips and how to prevent danger on the slopes. We want you to enjoy your ski experience as much as you do!
With any sport, you want to invest in equipment that is suitable for you as an individual but also provides optimum performance and this goes for skiing too. Some skiers opt to go without a helmet when they head to the slopes, but if you have a hard fall or are involved in a collision, you don’t want to be without one. These safety-tested products are your number one investment when it comes to ski safety.
Additionally, carrying a backpack with precautionary equipment such as a transceiver and/or airbag can be expensive, but very vital if you do find yourself in that situation. Products such as
those noted by the Ski Club are highly recommended when it comes to packing the essentials.
When you are settled into your Verbier chalet rental and looking forward to your upcoming ski experience, be sure to keep an eye on snow conditions and weather forecasts. You can download smartphone ski Apps which give you detailed reports for skiers, as well as checking in with your local ski shops in your ski resort.
It’s easy to be naive about the weather sometimes, but you can never be too sure when predicting mother nature. So remember, if the experts say no, don’t go!
On the slopes
There are multiple safety tips to consider when you are up and skiing on the slopes and sometimes it can be easy to forget these when you are out having fun. Be sure to take into consideration these useful tips whilst on piste:
Only ski on the runs which are suitable to your ability. Never commit to something that is out of your ability.
Control your speed wherever you go.
You should always avoid stopping in the middle of a run unless in an emergency.
Respect all signs and signals along the run. These can and will prevent accidents and warn of potential dangers.
Below is a video which explains basic skiing protocol:
Apres ski (not what you think..!)
Looking after your ski equipment off the slopes is just as important than when you’re on them. Cleaning down your skis, boots and hanging your ski gear properly will help to maintain longevity and wearability especially when your equipment gets wet from the snow. This, in turn, will help to increase safety on the slopes and won’t leave you with broken skis, poles or boots on the mountain.
Chalet Apartment Rentals
Your next safe, ski adventure is only a call away. So make sure you speak to one of our friendly team about stunning ski accommodation in Verbier and we look forward to welcoming you soon!