To many, skiing is a dangerous sport, and, to an extent it can be. There are several things we can do to mitigate against injury however physical preparation just like all activities, skiing can be arduous. The more physical preparation you can do before hitting the slopes the better. Work on strength and endurance in the legs, glutes and core.
Equipment. Don’t leave it ‘til the last minute before dusting off your gear. Make sure everything is working properly and, if necessary, have an edging tool. Ensure the bindings are set appropriately and do actually release if called upon. Ensure your helmet fits and isn’t passed its use by date.
Don’t confuse ambition with capability! Ski appropriate slopes at appropriate speeds. Ignore the local school kids who whiz past you at the speed of sound, that’s probably outside your capability. It’s perhaps not best to make that icy black slope the first run of the day.
Keep control of the Après ski. About 50% of minor injuries in resorts come from après ski associated activities – it is believed there is a degree of under reporting on that one!
Finally, look after each other. Bear in mind that even apparently small tumbles can lead to catastrophic outcomes.
Of course, we hope you stay injury free. However, if you do get a minor injury, you know where to come to get put back together!