When to take Breaks on the Slopes

when to take a break from skiing

Winter sports can be fun and exhilarating. It’s a feeling unlike any other – skiing down the slopes tearing down the snow at a breathtaking speed with the wind rushing through your face as the sun glistens the winter sky and all of a sudden, you feel like you’re flying like a bird. It’s in that moment it feels like you’ve lived it completely. It’s one of the best feelings in the world and you can actually feel the wind rushing through your face and your helmet. Skiing means you can actually get off the grid and head off to the slopes leaving your busy routine behind and having a great time on the slopes. But there’s more to it than holding the skis and tearing down the snow capped mountains.

Like any other adventure sport, skiing or snowboarding has its fair share of potential risks associated with it. They are surely fun and thrilling but tough to master at the initial stage. Even the most experienced skiers face challenges every now and then. Skiing is all about playing by the rules and charging the terrains with full gear and support. You can find a dozen of ways to get hurt during a run but getting it count is entirely up to you. Play by the rules and sky is the limit for you. But first things first; you should take regular breaks in the middle of your run every now and then so that your body gets sufficient rest.

Collisions – Skiing is a relatively intimidating sport where the chances of taking injuries are pretty slim, however, with the right equipment and gear and the right conditions, you can get the most out of your ski sessions. Well, taking occasional breaks in the middle of your session will help assess your surroundings better. Collisions on the slopes are common and are responsible for almost a third of potential head injuries. Collisions with other skiers is totally unacceptable so it’s imperative to stay in full control on the slopes and for that, you have to take regular stops while on the slopes.

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Not Being in Shape – Even the best skiers or snowboarders can take a fall on the slopes. Snow sports are fun and exhilarating which requires more intense physical movements during a run which demands good physical condition throughout. Active skiing demands both muscle strength and flexibility to move your body with ease on the slopes. Skiing targets every major muscle group in your body so physical well-being is a must before you hit the slopes.

Incorrect Bindings – Take enough breaks to check your bindings on the slopes to avoid accidents of any sort. Bindings are imperative to your ski gear which hold your boots firmly to the ski for maneuverability. They are designed in such a way to get rid of your boots to avoid accidents. It effortlessly detaches your ski boots from the ski so that you don’t risk injuring your legs. So double check your gear and equipment and have your bindings adjusted from a professional before hitting the slopes.

Not Dressed for the Weather – Put as many layers as you can to escape the winter chill during your run on the slopes. Weather can be harsh at times, especially in the mountains where the temperature changes its course from sunny conditions to sub zero temperatures. Putting up extra layers won’t hurt plus it will aid in regulating your body temperature by keeping the moisture off. Take regular breaks to check your layerings to keep your body warm. Perhaps a visit to the restaurant for a coffee would help.

Off-piste Skiing – Skiing the backcountry or in the unchartered territories has its own charm when compared to skiing in public slopes, but even the best feels like a beginner on the off-piste courses without a single soul to guide him through the slopes. It won’t be a problem when the weather is right but you cannot be sure about the snow conditions. Before getting into some off-beaten course, check your gear including your bindings and protect your face and go gentle on the slopes. Take regular breaks to assess the surroundings before taking the leap.

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Avalanche – It’s important to check your bindings and gear every now and then during the run so that you don’t miss a single thing that can risk your perfect moment. Even the best skiers make mistakes on the slopes and no matter how skilled you are with the skis, nobody predicts the inevitable. It is important to assess the avalanche risk level beforehand if you’re planning to go off-piste. It’s a great risk when skiing off-piste so the best thing you can do is to stay prepared and avoid getting caught in one. Carry an avalanche transceiver with you all the time so that rescuers can easily locate you if you accidentally get caught in an avalanche.

Stance – Working on your movements to achieve an ideal stance on the slopes is the best way to make the most out of your ski sessions. Your stance is a key element in mastering the art of skiing. There’s more to skiing than a ski and ski gear. The way you hold your body and take a stand impact your ability to react in certain situations. If you can stand and move like a pro, you’ll maneuver your skis like a pro. It all comes down to your stance. Your stance is the foundation of your moves. Relax and take breaks to avoid losing your balance on the slopes. Stance is the key in skiing.

Follow the advice above and you’ll be giving yourself a much better chance of avoiding an injury. After all, it’s important to have all the important things in place before hitting the slopes to ensure a great trip. The mountains are beautiful and magical places to be but can be inhospitable in bad weather. So prepare in advance and stay safe out there.

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