Snowboarding Responsibly

Snowboarding Precautions

Tens of thousands of snowboarders enjoy snow sports every year. However, few people prepare for the rigorous physical demands that these sports place on the body. Although it is a safe sport, injuries that are unexpected may occur with lack of preparation, varied sports snow conditions or poor judgment.


Many injuries can, however, be prevented by proper physical preparations. In addition, taking care, buying or repairing your gear is essential in taking care of your well-being.

The following are tips to help you have a safe snowboarding season:

Proper Instruction and Equipment

snowboarding-safteyInstruction before getting on the slopes is important in preventing injuries. Instructors can educate beginners on the importance of a proper warm-up and cool-down, properly fitted equipment and safe skiing techniques.

These same teachings hold true for snowboarders. They can also conclude at what point it is relevant for beginners to progress to more advanced levels of terrain. Proper equipment is crucial for your well-being. Poorly working or inadequately adjusted equipment is one of the major cause of injuries in most cases. Bindings that are really loose or too tight, as well as equipment that is improperly sized or used on improper terrain, can cause damage.

Protection tools such as helmets are lifesaving and can prevent even fatal accidents, even though resorts do not universally need them. Statistics suggest that about only 48% of U.S. skiers and snowboarders regularly wear helmets. In terrain parks, wrist guards and elbow and knee pads are also recommended.

The use of protective gear has been connected with a 43% decrease in the rate of head, neck, and face injuries.



Parental Oversight

Parents and guardians have a significant role in teaching their kids about safe snowboarding practices. They should help their children avoid terrain that is beyond their ability and encourage professional instruction and regular rest breaks with rehydration.

It is also important to warn children against inappropriate speeds and the risks of skiing/snowboarding out-of-bounds.


Common Sense Precautions

Many of the recorded injuries occur after lunch and when fatigued. Be sure to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day and stop to rest every couple of hours.

In addition, varying snow and ice conditions can dramatically increase the complexity of terrain quickly. Abiding by the signs and warnings are imperative for your safety and the safety of others.

Curb alcohol consumption. Snowboarding requires your complete mental and physical presence; it doesn’t mix well with alcohol nor drugs.


Code of Responsibility

Keep the code listed below and shared with other snowboarders the responsibility for a great experience.

  • Always stay in control.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way.
  • Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  • Whenever starting downhill or margining, look uphill and yield.
  • Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
  • Have sound knowledge of using the lifts safely.


Snowboarders Guide to Avalanche Safety

Every person in your squad should have an avalanche beacon. They should also know how to use it. Probes used hand in hand with beacons are really helpful in locating a buried skier. Remember a beacon will be of little help without a shovel. Be sure you carry a shovel as part of your gear. First and foremost, practice using your beacon. Time is of the essence in an avalanche rescue. The average victim has less than 30 minutes to be recovered alive.

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