7 Rules to Help you Stay Safe in Any Situation
Google “Skiing Safety” and the first several pages worth of results will be virtually nothing but downhill skiing related. On a certain level, this makes sense–after all, there are many inherent dangers of downhill skiing that are unique to the sport. That being said, cross-country skiing still carries its own risks, and it’s important to be aware of them before embarking on a cross-country ski outing. Here are 7 important rules that can help keep you safe!
- Before heading out, make sure that someone not on the skiing expedition knows where you are going and when you plan on returning. Should any kind of emergency arise, you’ll be glad you did.
- If you will be skiing on unmarked trails, it’s important to bring a map, a compass, and possibly other means of ascertaining your location.
- If you plan on being out for a significant amount of time, it is usually a good idea to bring both food and drinks in order to prevent dehydration and/or low blood sugar.
- Dress warm! Remember, it’s always easier to take off a layer than it is to go back home for more!
- Obey all posted signs, especially those regarding rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. Unless specifically stated otherwise, always assume that frozen bodies of water are unsafe!
- Stay in groups! Groups of three or more are ideal, that way should one skier encounter an emergency situation an/or injury, he/she will have someone to stay with them while the other goes for help.
- Be aware of the right of way! Always exercise caution when passing other skiers, especially when on a downhill trajectory.
For more important information on ski safety and ski safety equipment, visit the Beacon Watch website. Stay safe!