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Top tips for staying safe on your ski-ing holiday

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 January 2015

Stay safe on the piste

Stay safe on the piste

Travel bloggers Boomerland Travel share their top tips for the slopes

1. Get your body in-shape for the demands of snow sports.

2. Before hitting the slopes take your equipment for a tune-up. If hiring gear make sure you are not rushed. Itʼs essential that your boots and bindings are the correct fit.

3. Donʼt hit the slopes as soon, take a day to rest and relax after your flight giving your body time to adjust to altitude. To avoid altitude sickness, headaches and nausea - drink plenty of water, at least 3 liters a day, you need to be aware of your movements and those around you, so save alcoholic drinks for apres-ski.

4. Weather changes quickly in the mountains, dress in thin layers

5. Take regular coffee breaks to warm your body and rest. Donʼt skip lunch just to cram in an extra run - a high carb meal helps fend off altitude sickness and, in the thin mountain air, requires less oxygen to metabolize.

6. Donʼt ski above your ability. Either downhill or on a long x-country trek, too much too soon can lead to accidents.

7.  Altitude increases the risk of sunburn - donʼt skimp on high SPF protection, remember to reapply frequently and donʼt forget SPF lip balm - youʼll need it.

8. Safety helmets just make sense. At least wear a hat, or try out a reinforced baseball cap.

9. Concussion, broken bones, sprained wrists, torn ligaments and swollen knees are not uncommon. Overseas medical bills can be expensive - a broken ankle on the western slopes of the USA can cost upwards of $35,000 and thatʼs without charges for the rescue team to haul you down the mountain. So, our number one tip has to be - donʼt leave home without adequate insurance cover... and make sure it covers liability if you tumble into another skier.

 

Stay safe and have fun!

 

To read more of our travel tips visit us at Boomerland Travel Tips www.boomerlandtraveltips.com

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