Skiing & Snowboarding Tips
Tips to Keep in Mind Prior to Hitting the Slopes
- Get in shape. Don't try to ski yourself into shape. You'll
enjoy skiing more if you're physically fit.
- Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard
bindings adjusted correctly at a local ski shop. You can rent good
ski or snowboarding equipment at resorts.
- When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and
wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs
at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin
and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort and keep wind out.
Be sure to buy quality clothing and products.
- Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's
constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in
polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which feels good next to
the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a
turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
- Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a
headband or hat with you to the slopes, 60 percent of heat-loss is
through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually
better for those susceptible to cold hands).
- Wear sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is
stronger than you think, even on cloudy days!
- Always wear eye protection. Have sunglasses and goggles with
you. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can
Tips to Keep in Mind While on the Slopes
- Take a lesson. Like anything, you'll improve the most when you
receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or
snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
- The key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control. To have
it, you must be aware of your technique, the terrain and the
skiers/snowboarders around you. Be aware of the snow conditions and
how they can change. As conditions turn firm, the skiing gets hard
and fast. Begin a run slowly.
- Skiing and snowboarding require a mental and physical
- If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability
level, always leave your skis/snowboard on and side step down the
- The all-important warm-up run prepares you mentally and
physically for the day ahead.
- Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become
- Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix
well with alcohol or drugs.
- Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly-and in
control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all have
- If you're tired, stop skiing. In this day and age of
multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts, you can get a
lot more time on the slopes compared to the days of the past when
guests were limited to fixed grip chairlifts.
- Follow the "Your Responsibility Code," the seven safety rules
of the slopes:
Your Responsibility Code
Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see
people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other
specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other
skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always
show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of
risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help
reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers
the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
- Always stay in control.
- People ahead of you have the right of way.
- Stop in a safe place for you and others.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
- Know how to use the lifts safely.
KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.
Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION.
Prepared by the National Ski Areas Association