Staying Safe
on the Slopes

Did You Know?

The cold, crisp air and breath-taking vistas are just a few of the simple joys associated with winter sport. However, even the most competent skiers and snowboarders can be involved in collisions or accidents.

Accidents on the slopes are the most common winter sports insurance claims, according to industry research. Keep yourself safe on the slopes during your winter sport holiday by reviewing the following tips.

Staying Safe on the Slopes

  • Adhere to the International Ski Federation’s rules of ski and snowboard conduct. These rules are legally binding, similar to how rules of the road apply to drivers.
  • Inspect your skiing or snowboarding equipment to ensure that it is in good working condition.
  • Check to make sure that the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN) setting for your ski or snowboard bindings are properly adjusted to your age, ability, height and weight.
  • Wear protective headgear, such as a helmet and snow goggles.
  • Provide skiers or snowboarders in front or below you on the piste the right of way.
  • Never go off-piste. In addition to being potentially dangerous, it could invalidate your winter sports insurance policy.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with you.
  • Never drink alcohol while skiing or snowboarding. Having a drink at lunch before you hit the slopes is fine, but if you choose to continue drinking, your reflexes will become impaired, which puts yourself and others at risk.

Supplemental Advice

In addition to the safety tips outlined above, you should purchase winter sports travel insurance.
This type of policy would protect you against any unexpected bills, including lost or damaged equipment, piste rescue, piste closure, ski passes and medical emergencies.

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