For a world-class skiing experience, Colorado is the place to be. Ski season sees many out-of-state vacationers and locals alike enjoying the sport.
However, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you can take steps to protect yourself from common head, knee, and shoulder injuries. Here are some tips:
Prepare your body for the effort
You’re less likely to suffer from muscle strains and other common skiing injuries when you’re physically fit. You’re also less likely to become fatigued, which can lead to errors in judgment that can result in accidents. If you’re unfit, be patient and select friendlier ski runs, then slowly work your way to the more difficult ones.
Do not forget to warm up before tackling the course. A good warm-up will get your muscles loose and ready for action, and it’ll help prevent injuries. Second, stretch regularly throughout the day – especially if you’re going to be skiing for several days in a row. Stretching will keep your muscles from becoming too sore or tight, and it can also help prevent cramping.
Outfit yourself with the right equipment
Layering clothing will help you stay comfortable while you ski and accommodate your changing body temperature.
Purchase or rent equipment from reputable stores that adhere to American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and invest in protective gear such as goggles and a ski helmet.
Follow the safety rules
Stick to the recommended trails and pay attention to your environs to avoid icy patches and rocks. Listen to weather reports and be aware of any upcoming storms or sudden temperature drops.
Avoid skiing in conditions that are outside your comfort zone – if visibility is poor, stay on the groomed runs and exercise caution.
Skiing is a popular sport in Colorado for both professionals and amateurs. The truth is that despite the protective measures you might take, something can still go wrong and you may still get injured due to faulty lift equipment, negligent mistakes by instructors, inadequate warnings on the trails and other problems.
Ski resorts are required to meet safety guidelines for the well-being of their patrons. They should be held accountable for your losses when they make a mistake that leaves you injured.