With Spring season upon us, many individuals are beginning to put away their snowsuits and pulling out their tee shirts and swimsuits. That's not the case in Colorado. Skiing and snowboarding are a way of life for many Coloradoans, and a pastime you might enjoy virtually year-round. But the hobby comes with some risks and the responsibility to share the slopes with others. In fact, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) reports that on average, around 40 people die each year from fatal ski/snowboarding accidents! Here are some tips for staying safe this season:
Sign-up For Lessons.
Whether or not you grew-up on the slopes, you can always benefit from proper instruction. Sign-up for a lesson or two from a qualified instructor before catching a ride on the ski lift solo, or with friends. Even if your technique is great, your guide can show you how to avoid accidents and minimize injuries if you find yourself in trouble.
It may sound like a no-brainer, but awareness is key to safely skiing and snowboarding. Familiarize yourself with the terrain, depth and pact of the snow – as well as any hazards (trees, dips, rocks, etc.) on your course. You should also be aware of other skiers and snowboarders around you at all times. By acclimating yourself with your surroundings, you are far more likely to avoid a collision or unexpected wipeouts when snow/weather conditions change.
Even in sub-zero temperatures you can become dehydrated. Make sure that you drink plenty of water—before, during and after your run—so you can avoid passing/blacking-out and other dangerous health conditions that may put you (and others) at risk while on the slopes.
Like driving a motor vehicle, make sure not to ski/snowboard under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol severely impairs your decision making skills and ability to react to your surroundings. A split second can make the difference between avoiding a catastrophic accident and arriving safely at the bottom of the slope(s). Avoid intoxication to keep both you and others safe.
In addition to the aforementioned safety tips, the NSAA suggests that you abide by the following “Responsibility Code” …
- Maintain control at all times;
- Remember that skiers/snowboarders ahead of you have the right-of-way;
- If you must stop, be cautious and do so in a location that is safe for you as well as others;
- When merging and beginning your descent downhill, make sure to look uphill and yield to fellow skiers and snowboarders;
- If possible, use harnesses and other safety gear that prevents the runaway or loss of ski/snowboarding equipment;
- Never enter trails that are closed and abide by all posted (warning) signs; and,
- Make sure to ride the ski lifts safely and responsibly.
By following these simple tips, you can greatly reduce your chances of causing an accident this season and ensuring the slopes are safe for you and others.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a ski/snowboarding incident, or any type of accident, you need the help of a qualified personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal offer free consultations to all injured people and their families. Our attorneys will evaluate your case, and let you know what your legal options are – whether that means a negotiated settlement or a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal today at (303) 647-4511 or visit us online.