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20 March 2020 - Important message from the Australian Snowsports Industry...

The Australian Snow Industry is united in our response to the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to society, and to the 2020 snow season.
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INTRODUCTION: TO A FUN SAFE TRIP TO THE SNOWFIELDS

The alpine environment is a beautiful destination for winter or summer holidays and a venue for many challenging and exciting activities including skiing and bush walking. The Alps, however, can be hazardous if visitors are careless and irresponsible.

Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be prepared for and aware of the nature of the alpine environment. When planning your trip to the snowfields, select a resort or area which caters for you and your group’s needs as facilities, experiences and opportunities vary widely between resorts and various parts of the Alpine National Parks and high country. Generally, the better the planning the better the outcome, more fun and less hassles.

FIRST-TIMER ESSENTIALS

The following information is essential and relevant to all visitors to alpine areas, regardless of the length of the visit or the type of alpine activity.

Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be prepared for and aware of the nature of the alpine environment. When planning your trip to the snowfields, select a resort or area which caters for you and your group’s needs as facilities, experiences and opportunities vary widely between resorts and various parts of the Alpine National Parks and high country. When planning it is important to prepare your vehicle for a trip to the snow, organise your clothing and equipment. Snow sport is more enjoyable if you improve your fitness and organise lessons. Once there, take special care with children. Arrange to leave details of your trip with a responsible contact, for example a parent or teacher.

Generally, the better the planning the better the outcome, more fun and less hassles.

Alcohol and drugs don’t cut it in the snow. Alcohol and drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond in an emergency.

CLOTHING

Alpine weather is unpredictable and a fine sunny day can quickly deteriorate into cold, wet, high wind or blizzard conditions. Your clothing, therefore, must be versatile...

EQUIPMENT

There are special equipment requirements for each of the different activities; alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski touring and snowboarding. Please refer to the relevant section of this website or contact your local ski retailer for further information on equipment.

HYPOTHERMIA: PREVENTION, RECOGNITION AND TREATMENT

Hypothermia is a lowering of the body’s core temperature, which can result in death, and can occur as a result of: Accidental immersion in cold water. Inadequate protection from the cold environment, especially when combined with altitude, wind, moisture and physical exhaustion. Exposure to cold, especially in the unconscious, the elderly, young children and the injured.

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