Ski Accidents and Safety
Ski season is in full swing. We have had significant snowfall and eager skiers are hitting the slopes in droves. It’s going to be a great season. Remember, though, that winter sports—with the crowds, the weather, and the slippery slopes can be dangerous. In fact, according to the Canadian Ski Council, Downhill skiing and snowboarding are the second and third most dangerous snow and ice activities in the county.
Heading out to enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding? Take some time to review a few simples safety tips and read the skiers’ responsibility code. Dress appropriately. The clothing you wear in the cold matters a lot, so layer up. Layers are convenient because they allow you to moderate your temperature by taking things off or putting them on. They help to keep freezing moisture off you skin and keep you comfortable as you enjoy your day out.
Wear a helmet. Wouldn’t you want o do everything you can to reduce your chances of a traumatic head injury ? Don’t let your helmet give you a false sense of security, though. People with helmets still get hurt if they are not careful.
Take your phone. Be sure you program in the number for the ski patrol. You’ll want to carry your phone so it is accessible if you’re in a difficult situation where you may not have full movement.
Stay with a buddy. Someone should always know where you are. If you lose sight of your buddy, assume he or she is in danger and try to regain contact immediately.
Follow the skiers’ Responsibility Code.
o Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
o People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
o Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
o When starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
o Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
o Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
o Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
o Ensure you have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely prior to using any lift.
Following these simple procedures on your next ski adventure will make the experience more enjoyable for you and the people around you. Our Ottawa injury lawyers wish you a happy, safe ski season..