4 tips to help ensure safety when snowboarding

November 3, 2015

Snowboarding presents its own dose of risks and dangers; taking preventive measures has always been the best way to handle them. Here are some safety guidelines to ensure that you get the most from your snowboarding trip without injuries.

4 tips to help ensure safety when snowboarding

1. Take lessons

  • First off, you need to take lessons and have an instructor with you while you are a novice snowboarder.
  • Snowboarding lessons guide you through the entire process with skill improvement and safety in mind.
  • Instructors guide you through levels of progression so you never have to handle terrains that are way beyond your skill level.

2. Gear up

  • A lot of injuries can be prevented simply by wearing appropriate gear for snowboarding.
  • The Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine recommends that all snowboarders should wear helmets and wrist guards to prevent head injuries as well as fractures and sprains.
  • Goggles and sunscreen are necessary for eye and skin protection as well.
  • In addition, you need to make sure that all snowboarding equipment is checked and maintained properly.
  • Waterproof and windproof clothing are highly recommended as it can get chilly on a slope.

3. Follow safety guidelines

  • You need to know and adhere to the Alpine Responsibility Code, a set of safety guidelines for all winter sports.
  • Aside from this code, it is also your responsibility to be aware and adhere to the area's rules and guidelines, including the use of the chair lift, T Bar and conveyor belt.
  • In addition, it's also important that you don't stop on a trail especially if you're in an area where you  can not easily be seen from behind.

4. Know your limits

  • You have to snowboard within the boundaries set by the resort.
  • These areas have been blasted and monitored frequently so you're safe from an avalanche.
  • You also have to be very aware of your skill level and make sure that you stay on trails that are on par with your skills.
  • If you're a novice snowboarder, you need to have an instructor or someone experienced with you at all times.
  • Snowboarding is inherently a dangerous sport, and that's why safety is of utmost concern.
  • Taking safety guidelines seriously reduces the risk of injuries while you blaze your way to mastery of the sport.
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