Be safety conscious
- Plan your trip carefully.
- Know the signs of hypothermia.
- Get fit to go skiing/boarding.
- Let someone know before you go (download below).
- Take your mobile phone and emergency contact numbers.
- Take care on alpine roads.
- Practice fitting wheel chains before leaving home.
- Wear appropriate wind and waterproof clothing (never wear jeans).
- Always wear a hat and gloves.
- Wear skin and eye protection.
- Take care of your equipment and check before skiing/boarding.
- Regularly check weather, snow and skiing/boarding conditions.
- If lost, stop, seek shelter and wait for help.
- Ski or ride within your capabilities.
- Take skiing or snowboarding lessons.
- Take extra care with children.
- Eat appropriate food before and during snow recreation and bushwalking activities.
- Always ski/board in control.
- Drive cautiously, particularly in the snow.
- Watch for weather changes.
- Never ski/board alone.
- Never remove your skis/board when conditions are icy, particularly on steep slopes.
- Never ski, board or walk over frozen lakes, dams or creeks.
- Take care of the environment.
Keep your edge: 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.
Prevent emergency situations
Emergencies are often the result of poor planning and/or foolhardy behaviour. If you do find yourself in difficulties, stop and think.
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.
Know your capabilities and keep well within them at all times.
Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be prepared for and aware of the nature of the alpine environment.
Selecting a resort
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. Have more fun and less hassles.
Clothing and equipment
Ensure your clothing and equipment is suitable for the activities you will be undertaking at the snow. For more information about what to pack, see Food, Clothing & Equipment.
Children at the snow
Take special care with children when visiting alpine areas. For information about children’s requirements for learning and equipment, see Children: Learning and equipment requirements.
Let someone know before you go
Arrange to leave details of your trip with a responsible contact, for example a parent or teacher. For more information, see Trip Intentions Form.