Common Sense Rules for the Slopes

Over the past couple articles, we have been discussing ways to stay safe while on the ski slopes. We will continue learning more about the rules of the Alpine Responsibility Code below, so keep reading.

It is important when on the slopes to prevent runaway equipment using proper devices. Though most ski resorts are lax with this rule, some will require snowboarders to wear leashes. Remember, that skis have brakes, and it is important to ensure they are working properly. Always be conscious of where your equipment is and how it is placed. Snowboards should be placed with their bindings down to the snow and laying horizontal to the mountain.

Always read in a day any posted warnings and signs. These are posted for your safety. When you don’t follow the signs, you may end up on a double black trail after recently graduating from the blue run. Every day, the ski patrol goes through a lot of effort to update the mountain conditions. The warning signs they post are for your safety.

Though it should go without saying, always stay off closed trails. They are closed for a reason, and ski patrol doesn’t want to have to come rescue you because you are a rule breaker.

Another point that should be common sense is to never use lifts or the terrain if you have impaired ability of using drugs or alcohol. I am all about having a drink or two here and there, but when you are intoxicated, you have reduced coordination and an increased chance of bad judgment. When you go down the mountain impaired, chances are, the mountain will win.

The last thing to consider in staying safe on the slopes is to have enough knowledge, ability, physical dexterity to load and unload the lifts. If you are uncertain of your abilities, talk with a list attendant before trying to use the lift. We will cover more information about riding a lift in our next article.

Now that we have covered all the rules of the Alpine Responsibility Code, you should be ready to hit the slopes safely. If you see anyone acting unsafely on the slopes, you should immediately alert ski patrol before someone gets hurt.

Learning Rules of Right-of-Way

In our last article, we began covering the rules from the Alpine Responsibility Code. We learned that you must have control and how everyone ahead of you has the right-of-way. Today, we will continue our journey of learning safety on the slopes.

As you are skiing or snowboarding, never stop in an area where you are not visible from above or where you are obstructing a trail. Though you may have the right-of-way, it can be difficult for those coming down the mountain to stop in time. If you look up the mountain and are unable to see the run above you, those coming down the slopes are unable to see you as well. That can be a recipe for disaster.

Speaking of looking up the hill, never merge onto a trail or start downhill up to you look uphill. Yield to anyone already coming your way. Following this simple backflow testing rule can help you avoid many collisions.

If you find yourself in an accident or collision on the slopes, it is imperative to stay on the scene until the ski patrol arrives so you can identify yourself. Not only is this the right thing to do, but the ski patrol may need to investigate the incident. Once they know what happened, they can take the appropriate safety measures to reduce the risk of re-occurrence. There are many potential dangers on the slopes, whether you are skiing or snowboarding. Staying on the scene in helping the ski patrol with their investigation can help others stay safe as they enjoy the slopes. Understanding the right-of-way on a ski slope can save you and others a lot of frustration and potential injuries. Many of these rules are considered commonsense by most people, but my time on the slopes shows that a great number of people do not understand the simple concepts. Hopefully, they will find this site so they can learn them before I meet them on the slopes somewhere.

Adventures at a New Ski Resort

This past ski season, I tried out a newly opened ski resort. I won’t mention the name of the resort, but there was a lot of frenzy on the first day of their season. In fact, there was so much frenzy that I could have easily been hurt. Of course, it doesn’t take much to get hurt on the slopes. A simple fall into an awkward position can break a bone.

Unfortunately, many people go to the slopes without knowing the universal rules that are applicable to everyone. These rules are known as the Alpine Responsibility Code. In fact, the rules are endorsed on most ski slopes around the world with only a few variations. Before idea of the rules this to use common sense, as well as personal awareness, to reduce the risks on the slopes.

Following these rules is a very important element of yourself and others safe. Because of this, we will be covering the ARC over the next few articles.

The first rule went on the slopes is always stay in control. It is imperative that you can stop when needed and avoid other objects and people. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about building your confidence and progressing on the slopes, but don’t overestimate your own ability. As a beginner, take your time to learn to stop and gain control. It’s understandable to see people on the green slopes, just learning how to ski, a bit out of control. That’s what those slopes are for. Just don’t get ahead of yourself and move on to harder courses without building up to it first.

The next rule we will cover today is giving others the head of you the right-of-way. If you are behind them on the slopes, it’s your responsibility to avoid them. It doesn’t matter what they may be doing front of you, whether they are blocking your path or in a weird line, they are still the one with the right-of-way. If you get a chance, you can pass them, but it is your responsibility to make sure you can pass safely.

Once you understand these two rules, you are on your way towards skiing and snowboarding more safely. We will continue to cover the Alpine Responsibility Code in our next article, so come back soon.

Protecting Yourself from Sunburn in the Snow

When you are out on the slopes skiing or snowboarding in the middle of winter, one of the last things you think about is getting sunburned. Besides, you are wearing your ski gear after all. The dead of winter is a time most people forget to consider the sun protection. Unfortunately, many people must deal with getting sunburned before they consider protecting themselves in the winter.

Studies show that your sun exposure during the winter on the slopes is actually higher than when you are on the beach because of the higher altitudes and thinner atmosphere. Also, snow is highly reflective, giving you double exposure.

Sun exposure itself, of course, is a good thing for our health. Protecting your skin from too much sun is also a good idea for your health. Below are ways to protect your skin if you plan to spend a day out on the mountain.

A key way to protect yourself from sun exposure is through hydration. That doesn’t mean beer, sodas, coffee, or other flavorful beverages. I often find myself dehydrated throughout the day while on the slopes. No one wants to stop for potty breaks, and you just don’t feel as thirsty went on the mountain. As your body becomes dehydrated, though, you lose water from your skin quickly as your blood vessels dilate causing sunburn. Being dehydrated can also affect your endurance and performance, so make sure you take water up the mountain.

An obvious way to protect yourself from sunburn is by using sunscreen. There are many options to consider when searching for an optimal sunscreen, so do your research. I have tried many different brands of sunscreen. My favorites tend to be the ones that are non-greasy and easily applied. Most ski lodges will have an assortment of sunscreens that have been tried and true on the mountains.

Keeping yourself from being sunburned is rather simple when you follow the two above suggestions. Stay hydrated throughout the day on the mountain and always remember to bring your sunscreen. Doing so can help you keep your skin healthy and enjoy more time up on the mountain.

Improving Your Snowboarding: Part 3

Now that you know the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and seeing all slopes is white, we can discuss one of the most important parts of improving your snowboarding. What is the final and most important tip? Well, keep reading to find out.

Our final tip in snowboarding is to never settle. Everyone who snowboards that eventually becomes complacent. Complacency comes to everyone including the pros. Even instructors must constantly take lessons to improve their writing, helping to focus on tiny movements and fine-tuned snowboarding.

If you are super focused on your technique, you may believe you have everything figured out. Thing is, if you take a lesson from a qualified instructor, they have the training to analyze your performance so you can strengthen the elements of your writing and start breaking any bad habits. Many snowboarders find they have a small movement that makes a big difference in their rides, and simply changing the bad habit greatly improves their ride.

Unfortunately, many people have a negative idea of snowboarding lesson, especially if you are a novice or professional. What you must remember, though, is that a lesson may help you break through a barrier or pull you out of a plateau, giving you the confidence you need to ride any terrain.

Simply taking one lesson every season can help you progress as a snowboarder. It can get you back on track and open more the mountain for you to enjoy so you can tackle new terrain.

Whether you are a beginner or the best snowboarder on the mountain, lessons can help to improve your game while on the slopes. Take all the tips that we have covered in the past three articles heart so you can improve your snowboarding abilities. Doing so can help you meet your goals faster and ride anywhere, anytime without limits.

Improving Your Snowboarding: Part 2

In our last article, we discussed the importance of a positive attitude and keeping your toes and feet relaxed while snowboarding. We will continue to discuss ways to improve your snowboarding today.

A great way to improve your snowboarding skills is to get out of your comfort zone on terrain you are already comfortable with. It is easy for us to simply stay in our own comfortable bubble. We enjoy just doing what we know typically, but if you are wanting to try out the big slopes and risky tricks, it is time to get out of your comfort zone while on a slope you are comfortable with. For example, if your goal is to go down the black diamond while your friends look on in awe, you can improve your chances of success by trying out new maneuvers on the comfortable slopes before going to bigger terrains. For example, try perfecting your short fast turns while on the green slope before trying them out on the blue or black slopes. It’s not only safer to practice those moves on easier slopes, but you will learn the concepts before moving on.

The next tip we will discuss today is to view all slopes as white. We all look at the colored shapes at the top of the runs to determine what we can and cannot do. Well, every slope is white. Of course, the slopes are graded to help keep you safe, but perhaps those grades are holding you back. When you go on a new run, keep your mind set neutral and simply use the techniques you know to get down the slope. Doing so will allow you to write more freely without feeling anxious about the color of the slope.

Once you are out of your comfort zone and viewing all slopes as white, you are ready to overcome the largest hurdle in snowboarding that we will discuss in the next article. Make sure you check back in so you can be the best snowboarder you can be.

Improving Your Snowboarding: Part 1

Regardless of how long you have been riding, everyone needs to improve their snowboarding in some way. In the next few articles, we’re going to cover five tips to help you learn more about snowboarding. These tips will help you change your mindset while challenging you to progress in your riding, giving you an advantage.

The first tip is to always be positive. This is best done with a smile. A positive mental attitude will improve any athlete’s performance, including a snowboarder. Being positive can help you as you ride into unchartered territory or while you are learning a new skill. Besides, why would you not be happy while out in the fresh mountain air? If you meet a goal, smile. It’ll help your whole experience be more enjoyable. Even if you fall, smiled and get back up. When you are negative on the slopes, your muscles will tighten up as you mentally take yourself out of the game. So have fun and flash those pearly whites while on the mountain.

The second tip is to relax your feet and toes. When you become nervous, you tend to tighten your muscles. Doing so not only inhibits your mental game, but your performance physically as well. Anytime you learn something new, it can be a little scary. You may be tempted to use your toes to hold on inside of your boots. Doing so can cause tension and tightness in your leg muscles and quickly lead to tired legs and lazy movements. As you relax your feet and let your toes spread out, you will be able to relax and react better to the snow conditions. If you find yourself tensing up on the slopes, try breathing through it. As your body pumps oxygen through your muscles, your entire body will begin to relax, making you more mobile.

In the next article, we will discuss more ways to help you improve your snowboarding, so come back soon.