How to Stay Safe whilst Skiing off Piste
Skiing off piste is becoming more and more popular with experienced skiers who want to escape the busy slopes and find some open space. However, skiing off piste, away from the resort can be extremely dangerous, the hazards range from trees to avalanches.
If you’re planning to ski off piste, follow these simple tips to ensure you stay safe;
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- The first rule is never ski off piste alone. If you were injured there would be no one to get help, and it could take hours for someone to find you. Go with an experienced instructor or a group.
- Make sure you have always told someone where you are planning to go.
- Check with a professional what route you should take to avoid danger.
- Remember that hazards probably won’t be marked, such as trees, rocks and cliff edges.
- Be realistic; do not overestimate your fitness or skiing skills. By that we mean do not attempt anything which could be too challenging, as this could be dangerous.
- Remember that most resorts will withdraw all responsibility as soon as you leave the resort boundaries.
- Make sure you can contact professionals in an emergency; always bring a phone or radio with important numbers pre-programmed in.
- To be properly prepared for an emergency on the mountain, you should definitely carry; a whistle, flares, a length of rope, a first aid kit and a survival bag, high energy snacks, water and extra clothing – all in a waterproof bag. You could also carry a shovel.
- Make sure you have invested in specialist winter sports travel insurance before you depart.