Here are some other tips to help you stay safe on the slopes:
- Don't ski alone, ski with a companion who can go get ski patrol in the event of an injury, or stay with the injured party.
- Carry a cell phone. Most ski areas' ski patrol dispatch desks can be reached or routed through by a 911 call.
- Wear a helmet. Studies show ski helmets reduce injury and prevent death.
- Take a ski lesson. Advanced skiers have an injury rate one-fourth the injury rate of novice skiers.
- If you snowboard, mind your blind side.
- If you are in an accident, get the full name, address, and contact information from any witnesses, and if it is a collision, from the other party. Consider taking a cell phone photo of the other person if you think that he/she is about to leave the scene without giving the required information.
- Read and carry the ski area map, and pay attention to the skier responsibility code.
- Ski within your ability.
- Don't wear headphones or listen to music while skiing or snowboarding.
If everyone takes these precautions and remembers the skier responsibility code, we can reduce skiing and snowboarding injuries and make the slopes safer and more fun for families everywhere.