You’re skiing and you turn a corner. There, looming in front of you, is a massive cliff. You’ve been skiing for a while and you’re feeling pretty good, but now you’re nervous.
You’ve heard stories of people getting seriously injured or even killed on a ski slope. Maybe you’re not sure whether or not to take risks like that. Do you stay at the top of the slope and ski down leisurely, or do you head for the terrace restaurant and find someone to ski with?
Here’s a scenario that might haunt you if you’re a skier (or snowboarder or snow skier): Your friends were drinking in the bar and got sick. You were skiing at the time and your ski pass was about to expire. You had to choose between paying another week’s fees or catching a last bus to the train station. You decided to keep on skiing.
What do you do now?
You’re on a ski slope and you turn a corner. There, looming in front of you, is a massive cliff. You’ve been skiing for a while and you’re feeling pretty good, but now you’re nervous. Do you stay at the top of the slope and ski down leisurely, or do you head for the terrace restaurant and find someone to ski with?
Facing such a decision, you might feel paralyzed. You might want to go down the full width of the slope and take your chances. But is that really a good idea?
If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re in the same situation. You’re on the bus home from the bar, staring at a screen on your mobile, and you desperately need help. Maybe someone at the bar suggested you check out this blog article. We’re going to tell you it’s not too late to consider other options. Namely, you can take a less risky route.
What Is A Ski Mode?
If you’ve ever used a skier, you might have noticed that hitting the snow makes it easier to steer and control the ski. If you didn’t notice, it’s probably because you’ve never needed to. The majority of the skiers you’ll encounter are going to be relaxed and in control, cruising down the mountain. Even in rough terrains and at high speeds, the skiers you’ll see will mostly be focused on enjoying themselves and making the most out of the experience.
This mode is what got the ski industry going. It’s how things were back in the day. These days, the majority of skiers use some sort of electronic device, called a ski mode, to change the way their skis work. With this system, hitting the snow doesn’t just make your ski float down the mountain. You can change the way your ski behaves. You can choose to make it softer or stiffer, to increase or decrease your speed.
The majority of skiers use this option to make the most of the experience. They want to maximize their time on the mountain, so they work the snow more efficiently, taking less risks and having more fun. This is especially important in intermediate and expert terrain, where mistakes can cost you time and, potentially, your life.
Why Is It Important To Know The Risks Of Going For It?
Knowing the risks of going for it is critical. Even among friends, it’s important to accept that some people are more responsible than others. Some people might drink too much and become careless. Some people might be more reckless than others. This is why it’s important to be aware of the risks involved in any situation, whether it’s skiing or snowboarding or just about anything else you can think of that has “snow” in the name.
If you go for it and you’re not prepared for the risks involved, you could find yourself in a situation where the risks outweigh the benefits. Accepting this and choosing a different route is a lot easier said than done, but it’s worth it. You’ll have more fun and you won’t end up in trouble.
Take Less Risks, Enjoy More Of What You Love
It’s important to enjoy life, but not at the expense of your health. A lot of skiers enjoy taking risks and getting involved in dangerous activities. They love the thrill of conquering a daunting peak or riding a massive ski cliff. Risk-taking is a major part of what makes skiing so appealing. In fact, the most adventurous of all ski-in/ski-out backcountry skiers are called “death demons” because of all the risks they’re willing to take.
The problem is that health is a precious thing and risking it for thrills isn’t worth it. Going for it simply because it’s there isn’t an option if you want to stay healthy. These days, the majority of backcountry skiers use trail cameras to monitor the trails they travel. It’s the responsible thing to do. Instead of exposing yourself to unnecessary risks, you can enjoy the thrill of exploring the unknown by watching what happened before you went there.
Deciding to take a risk and going for it are two entirely different things. The former is about being brave enough to act against the known, while the latter is about accepting that you don’t really know what you’re doing and could potentially put your life in danger. Being reckless is never a good idea, regardless of whether or not you’re skiing. It’s important to be mindful of your surroundings, be prepared for the risks posed and, above all, have fun. That’s what matters.