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How to Prepare to Ski the Safe Way

A Prime Insurance Winter Special

Even if snow hasn’t hit your neck of the woods yet, the white-blanketed mountain areas in Upstate NY and other northeastern high spots offer skiing fun that fans clamor for.

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Of course, the entire sport, while healthy and wholesome on the one hand, can pose serious health and injury risks on the other hand. Among the many real concerns are:

-          Sudden and unexpected weather change

-          Changing snow conditions

-          Bare spots

-          Rock, stump and tree collision

-          Collision with other skiers

-          Frostbite

-          Sun burn

-          Head and knee injuries

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Being prepared is certainly the first step to safety. What better mode than having the right gear. Remember to haul up the slope with the following skiing equipment:

  • Appropriately fitting skis

  • Bindings that have been adjusted to size

  • Well-fitting, supportive warm boots

  • Ski poles that are sized to your height and have loop straps for your wrists

  • Well-fitting helmet designed specifically for skiing

  • Sunglasses or goggles that protect from the sun’s glare

  • Warm gloves or mittens that allow for finger movement

 

Dress for the occasion with:

  • Long, warm thermal wool or synthetic underwear and knee-length socks

  • Light-weight synthetic or wool clothing to wear under a jacket

  • Wind and water resistant ski pants

  • Wind and water resistant down or fleece jackets with pockets for a cell phone, walkie-talkie, lip balm, food and water bottle

  • Neck protectors that can be stretched to protect your face

  • Warm hat (if you are skiing without a helmet)

Of course, prior to setting out in your gear on the slopes, get in shape so you will be strong enough to maneuver yourself over the curves, slopes and snowy fun!

 

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Summary: Before heading out to slopes, get the tips on safety preparation from this article by Prime Insurance.


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