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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.