Ski Safety

There is little doubt that skiing can be a dangerous sport. It can be less dangerous if all the rules are followed and you are as fit as you can be. Falling over, especially if you are new to the slopes is an occupational hazard. As we get older we are less used to losing control of our body’s or indeed to falling over. It can be frustrating and many novice skiers give up if they have been through a prolonged period face down in the snow!

Death whilst skiing is very rare, only one death is reported for every 1.5 million days skied. These usually occur due to avalanche or as a result of high speed impacts such as those with trees and pylons or other skiers. Snowboarders till sustain slightly more injuries than skiers. Avalanches are a hazard that need to be avoided at all times and keeping an ear out for the latest weather forecast is important.

Ski Insurance Cover for Skiing Off Piste

Off piste skiers and snowboarders are most at risk of non avalanche related deaths as they can become the victim of hypothermia or asphyxiation when covered with snow after falling into an area beneath snow that topples on top of them.

Head injuries can be avoided by wearing a helmet and these are readily available.

Most injuries are related to the knee, head and hands. The knee will often become twisted either on impact or when trying to rise from a fall. Many a skier has had to have his or her shoulder pushed back into place by a mountain rescuer.

You should always purchase Ski Travel Insurance before you begin your trip:

Look out for other skiers/snowboarders — they may be beginners out of their depth!

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