Knowledge of your own capabilities is an important safety factor. Individual skills and fitness levels vary greatly. What is quite safe for one person to attempt may be foolhardy for someone else.
Every year people become lost in the mountains and ski areas of the alpine country. To care for people in the snow, all ski resorts maintain skilled Ski Patrols throughout winter months.
Most ski resorts offer complete ski and board riding school facilities at all levels for downhill, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
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.
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.
Snowfield conditions may highlight any existing minor faults, particularly in the electrical system so it is essential to thoroughly check your vehicle before leaving home.
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...
Regardless of how you enjoy your snow sport, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are inherent risks in all snow recreational activities that common sense.