November 26, 2016
SATURDAY, Nov. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Multi-passenger
gondolas and high-speed chairlifts let skiers and snowboarders
tackle more trails than ever before, but those who are tired are
more apt to lose control and put themselves or others at risk,
according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).
Before you hit the slopes, the group urges you to get into
shape. Once on the mountain, stop and rest when necessary.
These added steps will help you stay injury-free:
- Have the right equipment.Get ski or snowboard bindings
properly adjusted at a ski shop. Good equipment can also be rented
- Wear the right clothes.Choose garments made with
high-quality water- and wind-resistant fabric. Look for design
features to keep cold air out, including fabric flaps over zippers,
fitted cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be cinched up
to the chin and adjustable drawstrings.
- Dress in layers.Wearing multiple layers allows you to add or
remove items if you are too cold or too hot. Choose a bottom layer
that dries quickly and absorbs sweat to stay warm. Wear a
turtleneck, sweater and jacket on top.
- Expect fickle weather.Carry a hat or headband. Wear gloves
or mittens. Be aware of changing conditions. Skiers and
snowboarders may speed up on hard or icy slopes.
- Use sunscreen.The sun reflects off the snow. It's important
to protect your skin from harmful UV rays -- even on cloudy
- Protect your eyes.Use sunglasses or goggles so you can see
- Take a class.Qualified instructors can help you perfect your
technique and become a more controlled skier or snowboarder.
- Stay focused.It's important to stay in control mentally as
well as physically on the slopes.
- Play it safe.If you end up on a trail that is beyond your
ability, remove your skis or snowboard and sidestep down the
The NSAA says it's also important to warm up on easy trails
before tackling more advanced runs and to drink plenty of water
throughout the day. Remember: Winter sports, alcohol and drugs
don't mix. Stay sober on the trails.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons provides more
winter sports safety.