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Always Stay In Control When On The Slope

It is your responsibility to know what speed and slope difficulty you can handle. Do not go on a black diamond simply because you think you are a natural-born skier but have never actually skied before. You run the risk of seriously injuring (or even killing) someone else, or yourself, if you crash.

For many, skiing is seen as the ultimate winter sport – and for good reason too. Because few sports can match the speed, agility, exhilaration and adventure of skiing. Few other sports combine spectacular scenery with the chance to rocket down the side of a mountain at more than 40 mph, the wind whistling through your helmet (a key part of anyone’s ski equipment) as you go.

But – as with all sports – skiing can be risky. Especially if the correct precautions aren’t taken. The speed of skiing combined with the mountainous terrain mean this is a sport that demands to be taken seriously if accidents are to be avoided. That’s why today I’ve put together a few hints and tips to help you prepare and stay safe next time you hit the slopes. Failure to set up your equipment properly can be a major risk. Back in January I spent a great afternoon skiing with an old friend. The conditions were great, and yet she kept taking tumble after tumble. ‘I think my bindings are too loose’ she remarked after crash number five in the space of an hour.

I took a closer look. Sure enough, my friend was pottering around the mountain on borrowed skis that a supposedly more experienced friend has configured for her. Not only were the release settings that would have been appropriate for the average eight year old, but on one ski there was clear daylight between her heel and the binding. It could have been much worse. Poorly fitted equipment is one of the primary causes of knee and leg injuries while skiing. Skis are designed to release when a certain amount of pressure has been exerted upon them, but incorrect configuration can lead to all sorts of accidents.

To avoid this, make sure you get your equipment set up by a trained professional in a reputable ski shop or. Release (or ‘DIN’) settings should be calculated based on an equation that takes into account your height, age, weight, and skiing ability. So make sure you double check and don’t simply rely on what a friend tells you.

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