||Stretch before you ride-
always stretch all major muscles before hitting the slopes. The
consequence of tight muscles is an injury that could very easily put
you on the sidelines for the rest of your holiday
||Try before you buy-
Never buy equipment just because it looks good. Standard procedure
at most ski shops is to hire out equipment in the hope you
will then buy it.
||Take lessons- you
will learn what to do, and get advice, instead of continuously
looking the fool. Consider learning on a dry-ski slope before hand
and improve your fitness before you go on holiday. Improved fitness
will mean you will enjoy your holiday more.
||Drink Water- When
you combine exercise, dehydration and high altitude, you run the
risk of serious nausea and altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water
at all times, and leave the booze until after you prop your board up
for the day.
||Respect marked runs-
these runs are protected from alpine dangers. Keep within the marked
runs as these are patrolled and groomed
||Be aware of your
surroundings- watch out for piste preparation machines and
anything else which might get in your way. You must always give
priority to those below you on the slope.
||Respect Nature- of
course, don't drop litter, and don't ski in areas where there are
young trees or where wildlife will be disturbed.
||Give the boarders a break-
skiers vs snowboarders is old hat. Don't go out of your way to be
rude, or you'll end up looking stupid.
||Get out of the way when
you get off the lift to buckle up. Protocol dictates that you move
to the far sides of the run before buckling up.
||If you going off-piste-
these areas are not groomed or patrolled. The golden rules
||Signs around the ski area will warn
you when avalanche danger is present
||Even if there are no avalanche
warnings, there could still be local snow slides
||Always ski with someone else,
preferably a guide who knows the area well. (in the USA, skiing
and boarding "out of bounds" without a guide can lead to
confiscation of your lift pass)
||If in doubt, never ski or board away
from the marked runs.