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HealthDay News - Hitting the Slopes? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind

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:

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.

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons provides more information on winter sports safety.