When you’re soaring down the slopes, it’s easy to feel like King of the World. In the midst of all the invincibility, though, be sure to remember the safety precautions needed to keep the trip a success. Here are a few of our tips you won’t want to ignore:
- Always wear a helmet.
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s so crucial that we cannot stress it enough. No matter how easy, short or treeless the run, a helmet should always be protecting your noggin. Even the most experienced skiers and snowboarders have accidents, and a helmet can prevent a lot of damage in the long run.
- Lather up with sunscreen.
When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, sunscreen often slips the mind. The sun reflection off the snow – especially at a higher altitude – can be even more brutal than a mid-July afternoon. Be sure to cover all exposed skin with an SPF of 30 or higher so you don’t return with raccoon eyes!
- Protect your eyes.
On that note, don’t forget to pack a pair of quality ski or snowboard goggles as well. With flying snow and debris throughout the run, your eyes are at high risk for injury. The sun glare also makes for a less-than-pleasant experience, so make sure your goggles are tinted appropriately.
- Physically prepare beforehand.
Exercise in the weeks and months prior to hitting the slopes to ensure that your body can handle the physical strain of mountain sports. Know your limits so that you don’t overexert, and stretch out beforehand to avoid pulled muscles. It’s also important to be mindful of the higher altitude and give yourself enough time to adjust.
- Monitor the conditions.
Before heading up to your favorite lodge, keep an eye on the weather so you won’t get stuck in a major blizzard. Investigate the terrain as well so you can bring the right type of gear and have a clear idea of what you are up against.
Have any further questions on safety tips or the best gear to pack? Stop by Outpost Sunsport and we’ll help you out!