Jack Meersman is a Paramedic/ EMT with Gold Cross Ambulance. He has taken many injured people off the mountain and he has some important safety tips to assure we have an injury-free ski and snowboard season.
Jack says the first thing to do before hitting the slopes is to check your gear to make sure it's in good working condition, especially the ski bindings. Make sure they are adjusted correctly and you skis and snowboards are waxed at a ski shop. Your equipment will then work properly to avoid equipment malfunction which could result in serious injury.
Head injuries are one of the more common injuries at the ski resorts. It's important, especially for kids, to wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head injuries caused by falls and collisions with other skiers.
Also, your wrists, as well as your knees are very sensitive to skiing falls and crashes. It's worth investing in some wrist guards and even knee padding to prevent injury.
And, don't forget about the sun! Bright sun rays and glare bouncing off the snow can impair your vision, even on a cloudy day. Always wear sunglasses or goggles so you can clearly see the terrain. Apply adequate amount of sunscreen or sun block for sun protection. Drink plenty of water so you don't become dehydrated. Avoid alcohol.
Always stay in control of your skis and learn how to fall correctly to lessen chances of injury. People ahead of you have the right of way and always stop in a safe place. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield. Do not ski trails that are above your skill level and observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails. It's always safer to ski with a friend so you can watch out for each other.