Skiing has a reputation for being a risky sport, however, injuries are lower than one might expect.
About 3 out of every 1,000 skiers experience an injury. Follow these tips to avoid becoming one of the statistics while enjoying the thrill and challenge of this popular winter sport!
Beginner? Never Ever? Make sure your equipment fits by having a trained professional check your set up. It can make all of the difference in both your performance and safety! Take a lesson from an instructor. Learning a few tricks can be the difference between snow down your pants or feeling like a gold medalist at the end of the day. The middlebury Snow bowl has a “magic carpet” offer for learners, free of charge!
Intermediate? Advanced? Your balance and body position has a huge impact on your skiing performance. Keep your hands in front with your elbows slightly bent. Your shoulders should be facing down the hill and your knees should be flexed. Envision a helium balloon string pinched between the tongue of your ski boot and your shin. Keep the pressure on the tongue of your boot to keep the balloon from floating away. You’ll have more control in your turns, especially on the steep hills!
All skiers, regardless of skiing ability, should follow the skiers Responsibility Code for safety:
- Always Stay in Control
- People ahead of you have the right of way
- Stop in a safe place for you and others
- Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
- Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails
- Know how to use the lifts safely