Since he can only get onto the ski slopes a couple of times a year, an experienced skier I know told me he has developed the following strategy to avoid injury at his Baby Boomer age: He skis for two hours, takes a break, skis for two more hours -- and then, no matter how good he is feeling -- he packs up his gear and goes home.
If you plan to be out on the slopes this year, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA offers the following safety tips:
- Take a lesson. Trained instructors can teach you more quickly and safely than learning on your own or from a friend.
- Share the slopes. Enjoy a lifetime of skiing or boarding.
- Be “predictable” when skiing. Don’t suddenly swerve or stop.
- Go with the flow. Pass others cautiously.
- Observe the areas posted as “slow zones” and Slow Down, regardless of your ability level.
- Fast or reckless skiing and riding can result in injury to you or others and could result in the loss of your lift ticket or season pass. Be courteous to others.
- End the day on a positive note. Stop skiing or boarding with the first sign of fatigue. Use caution when walking on steps, walkways and parking lots. Melting and freezing can cause surfaces to become slippery.
By Teresa K. Flatley
- A helmet is an important safety consideration. Use your head. Educate yourself about helmet use.