Alpine skiing (also known as downhill skiing) is a popular sport across the globe and require sliding down of the slopes on the skis with heel binding that is fixed. This is different because, in other skiing, people use skis with free-heel bindings. Be it recreation or sport, Alpine skiing is usually practised in almost all Australian ski resorts. This promotes services like ski lifts, snow grooming, artificial snowmaking, and ski patrol. Did you know? Alpine skiing has been a part of the Winter Olympic Games since 1936.
Safety should be the primary concern
People often get injured during Alpine skiing, and the most basic types of injuries are those of the neck, knee, head, shoulder, hands and back. Thus, it is always advisable to workout and stays in shape before skiing to avoid these types of injury. Moreover, professionals, as well as doctors highly recommend ski helmets as head injuries during skiing can lead to permanent brain damage or even death.
So, skiers should be aware of their skill level and should use protection accordingly. During skiing season in Australia, thousands of people ski in a day, and two and four people on average require medical attention.
Here’s a list of important safety tips that are important and you should follow:
Get appropriate ski equipment
Try not to borrow equipment from friends and look to rent from the ski resort or a proper ski shop. When choosing equipment, make sure you have the correct boots size. Perfect fitting of your kit gives you more balance while skiing. There are many things first timers should know before going to snow.
Keep an eye on the weather
The temperature in snowfields between -6 and -1 degrees Celsius is considered as an ideal temperature for Alpine skiing. This is because anything below this temperature can make the skiing little uncomfortable. Also, high temperature also makes skiing condition poor and can make the ice very soft.
It is Important to take a break
It is quite natural to get tired when you’re skiing so whenever you feel tired, take a break and have some rest for a while. During the break, make sure you are eating and drinking anything that gives you energy as skiing burns a lot of your energy. There’s no need for that last run if you are exhausted. It’s always a better choice to quit; otherwise, you can have muscle injuries.
Know your limits
During Alpine skiing, trying something which you are not capable of is a stupid thing to do. It is a sign of overconfidence that can lead to severe injuries. So, try to avoid it at any cost! Trails are marked in different colours that indicate different level and skier stick to their limit and stay in control. Accidents happen when people get distracted.