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How to increase safety for you and others on the ski slope

How to increase safety for you and others on the ski slope

Anne Cathrine Lind Ceni - Thursday d. 31. August 2017

The ski holiday is something most people look forward to all autumn and when it’s finally time the last thing you want to happen is someone being hurt during the holiday. Unfortunately, there are some accidents in the ski slopes, but there are a lot of things you can do to reduce the risks. If an accident happens, it’s good to know how to act. 

15 tips to how you can get a more safe ski holiday

1. Protection and equipment:

Always wear a helmet. Regardless of age and past experience, it is a cheap life insurance. A protection for the back is also good if you fall hard down on it. Make sure the helmet sits well on the head and that the back protection is the right size. Also check the equipment before you leave and make sure the bindings are adjusted to the correct weight. 

2. A careful start:

Check the tracks both higher up on the slope and below before you get going. 

3. Adjust the speed:

Adjust the speed and be aware of the others on the slope. Also check the weather and the conditions on the slope. 

4. Know your limits:

Do not drive on slopes you cannot handle. It won’t be fun for you or the other skiers. Take a look at the piste map and see how to avoid the difficult slopes, and keep track of the colors of the slopes. Blue slopes are easy, red slopes are medium and black slopes are difficult. 

5. Focus:

Concentrate on what you do, even on the lift. It is easy to relax when you are getting yourself transported up to the station and often accidents happen. 

6. Keep a distance:

Pass other skiers while keeping a big distance. Keep in mind that you who come from above should give space for skiers in front of you. 

7. Stay where you are visible:

Do you need to make a pause on the piste, then make sure you are visible to every skier, e.g. not behind something. Be extra careful in case of poor visibility. 

8. Children:

Talk to your children about what rules actually apply in the ski slope so that everyone is aware of what the rules are. Keep an extra eye on small children on the slope and be aware that their perception and reaction are not fully developed. Children often overestimate their own ability, have more difficulty assessing speed, direction and distance and often make fast and unexpected movements.

9. If you fall:

Try to move as quickly as possible to a place where you are visible to other skiers. 

10. In case of an accident:

If you see an accident on the slope and you are the first one there, you have to help. Block the area by setting up a pair of skis as a cross above the person to draw attention to other skiers. The rescue telephone number is usually on the piste map. 

11. Alcohol:

Skiing is often associated with afterski, but it is equally inappropriate to go skiing drunk as driving a car when you are alcohol-induced. Save the afterski until you have finished the day and you do not have to take the skis on again. 

12. Respect signs:

There is a reason why, for example, slopes are closed, respect this.

13. Ski school:

If you are a beginner, we strongly recommend that you take a few lessons before you go out on the slope. Do not go up with the lift until you have learned to brake, stop and swing. If you are not able to do this, the risk is great that you are in danger to yourself and others. However, skiing lessons are not just for beginners, there is always the opportunity to improve your technique and thus get more out of the ride.

14. EU card:

Always have your EU card with you on the slope. The EU card entitles you to healthcare and dental care when in an EU / EEA country or Switzerland. However, the EU card does not entitle you to compensation for home trips, such as an ambulance flight. Note; In the event of off-piste skiing, we recommend that you check with your insurance company. 

15. The right insurance:

Check out what is actually included in your home insurance in the event of an accident or theft on your holiday.     


Written by Anne Cathrine Lind Ceni

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