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tips for skiers

1 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
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 Respect marked runs- these runs are protected from alpine dangers. Keep within the marked runs as these are patrolled and groomed
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 If you going off-piste- these areas are not groomed or patrolled. The golden rules are: 
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.


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