Whilst a winter sports holiday is an undoubtedly exciting week away, there are also plenty of risks attached. To help you get the most of your holiday, here are our top tips for staying safe on the slopes.
Make sure you feel well enough to ski
Similarly to driving, it’s important to make sure you feel well enough to ski before heading out – a case of the sniffles could quickly worsen at the top of the mountain, and potentially write you off for the rest of the holiday.
Wear protective equipment
It’s important to wear the right protective equipment and clothing for the activity you’re partaking in. A helmet will make all the difference if you take a tumble, and if it’s sunny it may be a good idea to invest in a pair of anti-glare goggles to make sure you have good visibility.
Take a phone with you
If the unexpected does happen whilst you’re out on the mountain, you’ll be grateful to have a phone with you so that you can call for help. Find out the emergency contact numbers for the resort you’re visiting and store them to your phone so that you can get help as soon as possible in case of an emergency.
Remember sun tan lotion
Despite the cold temperatures, the sun can be strong at the top of the mountain, and the sun’s reflection on the snow can cause you to burn quickly. Make sure to wear sun tan lotion, and to apply it regularly throughout the day.
Keep an eye on the weather reports
Weather conditions can change quickly in mountainous areas, with risks of fog, heavy snow or avalanches to be wary of when you’re out on the piste. Keep an eye on the weather reports to make sure you don’t get stranded.
Choose your route carefully
Ski resorts usually have hundreds of runs of varying difficulty levels ranging from green to black. If you’re a less experienced skier, it’s a good idea to plan your route carefully before heading off to make sure you don’t accidentally end up on a black slope!
Watch your speed and distance
Keep an eye on your surroundings, and make sure you leave yourself plenty of time and space to stop should you need to.
Be careful when going off-piste
If you’re planning on going off-piste, it’s a good idea to take a professional guide with you who will be familiar with the surrounding area. Watch the weather reports, and make sure you have the correct equipment for off-piste skiing. It may also be a requirement of your winter sports travel insurance policy to have a guide with you whilst going off-piste.
Take regular breaks
Skiing and snowboarding, whilst great fun, can be extremely tiring. Make sure to take regular breaks, eat plenty of food to make up for the burnt calories, and drink plenty of water to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
Make sure you’re protected
Before heading off, make sure that you have suitable winter sports insurance in place for the activities you’ll be partaking in. This might include cover for ski equipment, piste closure, and medical emergencies, so check that you’re fully protected before you go.