11 Clever Moves You Should Do for Safe Skiing and Snowboarding in Vail

Snowboarding in VailVail has been setting the standard for mountain safety by the National Ski Areas Association for more than a decade. When you arrive at Vail, you will see mountain safety personnel wearing yellow jackets all day, especially in places where many people gather. However, you can still do your part by knowing and applying safety measures. After all, skiing and snowboarding are considered to be extreme recreational activities.

Prepare to be Safe, Prepare to Enjoy

Extreme activities always involve a certain degree of risk, though this can be reduced by situational awareness and common sense. Reading the Responsibility Code given by Vail personnel to people will help a lot. You also have to remember that you will likely be joined by fellow skiers from all backgrounds. Be courteous with them and they will likely treat you with courtesy in return. After setting your expectations, prepare yourself for skiing and snowboarding. Here are some things you can do to enjoy them with no interruption:

1. Get fit.

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t things you should do to get fit. Once you’re in tip-top shape, you’ll find them more enjoyable.

2. Purchase quality equipment.

When you go to a reliable ski shop in Vail, have the personnel fit your ski or snowboard well. Buy only high-quality equipment because this can be the difference between safety and harm.

3. Buy ski garment that resists the elements.

Buy skiwear that has wind flaps for zippers, cozily fit cuffs, adjustable drawstrings to shield you against the wind, and collars that can be zipped up to your chin. Again, choose only quality products from ski shops.

4. Wear multiple layers of clothing.

This will help you regulate your own body temperature. Polypropylene undergarments do not normally irritate the skin. They also dry fast, soak up sweat, and keeps heat in. Jackets, sweaters, and turtlenecks are a good combination of clothing.

5. Be ready for weather changes.

You will never know when temperatures will plummet down so always gloves or mittens. Also, bring a hat or a headband when you go to the slopes because 60% of the heat escaping the body goes through the head.

6. Protect yourself from the sun.

Snow reflects light even when it’s a cloudy day. Wear anything that will protect you from harmful sunlight, including goggles and glasses.

7. Take skiing or snowboarding lessons.

With guidance, you will improve your skiing and snowboarding skills and be likelier to stay safe on the slopes. Lessons from a credible instructor and regular practice will teach you the control and awareness you will need.

8. Monitor your fluid intake.

Skiing and snowboarding favor the well-hydrated and punishes those who do alcohol and drugs.

9. Warm up, start slow.

Warmups will condition your physical and mental state. They should be slow and controlled.

10. Know your limits.

If you find out that a slope is beyond your skill level, take off your skis or snowboard and lay them on a flat surface at the bottom of the slope.

11. Stop when you’re tired.

When fatigue hits you, don’t push yourself. Doing otherwise will only increase the risk of harm. Mountain transport is faster these days so you won’t have to worry about losing copious amounts of time on the slopes. When you make these moves, you will have a better time on the slopes than you expect. You can set an example to people around you too. The key to enjoyable skiing and snowboarding is discipline and preparation, just like in any other sport. Unless you are a winter sports athlete or a resident of Vail or places nearby, you will not likely visit Vail every day, so make your experience count.