While skiing is a popular winter sport, it is not without its risks. Accidents happen, especially since it is pretty easy for something to go wrong while skiing. Fortunately, almost all of these accidents can be avoided if people take the time to prepare properly beforehand. The following article will discuss some of the common accidents that occur while skiing and how you can prevent them.
Hitting Another Skier Or Snowboarder
As long as people are going to be skiing and snowboarding, accidents are going to happen. Fortunately, it is extremely rare for someone to get seriously injured in a skiing accident. This is because skiing and snowboarding are both such safe sports; indeed, the risk of death in skiing is lower than that of many other sports. Still, it happens from time to time that an accident leads to someone being injured or even worse. The most common type of ski accident is when you hit another skier or snowboarder. This type of accident is usually the result of some kind of action that is either deliberate or careless on your part. Most skiers will admit that they sometimes hit another skier or snowboarder on purpose just to make the accident happen. It’s all in the game, as they say. This sport is all about having fun but still being careful not to hurt yourself or others. Accidents like this one happen because someone isn’t paying attention, or because someone is taking the risk unnecessarily. This type of accident is more common on groomers and cross-country trails because there is a lot more action and a higher chance for someone to get in the way of you.
The other type of accident that you can get hit by while skiing is a tree or rockfall. This is more common on big mountain terrains, where the trees and rocks are bigger and more plentiful. To reduce your risk of being hit by a tree or rockfall, you need to be taking the necessary precautions and always be alert. Never stop moving until you are completely certain that there is no longer any danger of being hit by a falling tree or rock. Instead, look up in the direction that the tree or rockfall is coming from and try to spot the danger right away. Stopping in the middle of a run is usually not a good idea because this is usually when you need to be using your brakes the most and stopping requires extra work. This is why most skiers would rather just go full speed ahead than try to stop when there is still some distance to go. Getting hit by a tree or rockfall is extremely dangerous because it usually means you have been flung off your ski balance and landed on your helmet or body. This is why most skiers prefer not to get hit by a falling tree or rock and instead try to steer clear of them whenever possible.
Riding Downhill In The Same Direction As The Wind
There is also the danger of falling due to overexertion or dehydration. This is why it is always a good idea to drink plenty of water while skiing. Even though it is cool and fresh snow, there is still a lot of water vapor in the air, which makes you dehydrated quickly. If you are going downhill at a rapid pace in a heavy wind, it might be tempting to reach for that drink. However, this is the type of accident that can happen when you violate the cardinal rule of skiing: stay to the right and the left of the trail. If there is a strong headwind, it is your responsibility to work with it rather than fight it by going downhill. Try to use it as a speed advantage and go with the flow. This will help you stay balanced and prevent you from falling off the mountain.
Another dangerous situation that you can find yourself in while skiing is when you get snowblindness. This happens when you open your eyes in the middle of a whiteout and cannot see where you are going. Instead of stopping to fix your goggles or remove them, you should have continued on and taken the necessary precautions. It is also common for people to get snowblindness when they wear sunglasses that are not prescription-worthy and have large tinted windows. In this case, if you feel that you cannot continue safely or that you have hit something, you should take off your skis and ski gloves, remove your goggles, and stop moving forward. You can then put your head down on the handlebars and wait for the snow to melt a bit so that you can see where you are going again. In most cases, this condition will clear itself in a few minutes, but in some cases, it can take a while for the eyes to readjust to the brightness of the snow and the lack of darkness under the trees. In extreme cases, people have gone blind from snowblindness.
Going Over The Top
Going over the top while skiing is a more serious matter. This happens when you are skiing down a slope and instead of landing on the other side of the slope, you keep going and end up falling down the other side. It’s similar to driving on the top of a roller coaster when it is going up, then flying off the coaster as it goes down. Going over the top is more common when there is an abundance of snow banks on the side of a slope. This is because when you come down over the top, you usually do not have the momentum to stop your fall. Instead, you usually hit the ground hard and end up in an unpleasant situation. Fortunately, this type of accident is very rare and only happens to people who are reckless or who have an impaired mental state. To prevent this type of accident, you need to prepare for it by taking the time to learn how to ski properly. Once you land on the other side of the slope, you should check for injuries and make sure that you are not hurt. Then, you should ski down the hill in the direction that you came from because going downhill helps you get your footing and prevents you from going over the top.
Still, accidents are common in skiing, and it’s up to you to be smart about it rather than putting yourself in danger. If you take the time to prepare properly and watch out for other skiers and snowboarders, you will have a much safer time on the slopes. Always be ready to stop if you see something that looks dangerous, and make sure that you avoid accidents completely by following the basics of skiing.