Family Ski Holidays
The Alpine Responsibility Code was put in place to help protect snow sport enthusiasts from serious injury and death. Snow sports can be great fun on family ski holidays, but it’s important to remember that they can also be very dangerous. Traveling down a frozen hill at a fast speed can end in disaster. The seriousness of a situation like this requires the adherence to strict safety rules. Getting into an accident on the slopes can impact the other skiers or snowboarders as well, since everyone is participating in relatively close quarters. Following a safety code allows everyone to enjoy themselves and keep out of harm’s way.
Family ski holidays are meant to be a time of fun and relaxation. Heading to the slopes for an afternoon of play is exciting, but it should also be viewed as a potential risk. If the weather changes quickly and unexpectedly the visibility can lower drastically, creating a situation where the skier is unable to safely navigate their way down the hill. Crashing into a tree, a rock, or even a lift tower or snow machine can turn a family ski holiday into an extended stay at the hospital and may even result in the death of a loved one.
The first rule is to understand what you’re doing out there on the snow. Learn how to ski or snow board from a trained professional before attempting to go it alone. The instructor will tell you when you are ready to fly solo, and will also tell you which slopes to begin with. There is nothing more dangerous or irresponsible than a novice attempting to navigate a difficult hill. It’s important to remember to wear quality protective gear before strapping on the skis or snowboard. Accidents happen even to those who follow the rules, and a helmet may be the difference between life and death in a crash.
Ski lifts are dangerous. Learn to use them properly before trying it on your own. Carefully follow the signs posted on the hill, make sure to avoid the other skiers around you, and don’t make any sudden stops if there is even a chance that someone is behind you. Always give way to the people around you, and never step onto the slopes while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
In many ways, staying safe on the slopes is the same thing as staying safe in an automobile. Taking the necessary precautions can help to ensure that family ski holidays stay free from tragedy. The Alpine Responsibility Code is a set of common sense rules designed to allow everyone to have an equally fun time on the snow by drastically reducing the number of collisions.