There are a range of easy actions you can do to keep safe and help prevent an injury on the ski slopes.
These include wearing a helmet and if you snowboard it’s a good idea to wear wrist guards, especially for beginners who are more prone to wrist injuries when learning.
Taking a lesson, no matter what level you’re at will also improve your skills and help you to have an even better time on the slopes.
The Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ) in conjunction with ACC has reviewed and updated New Zealand Snow Safety Code (PDF 71K).
The New Zealand Snow Safety Code is designed to keep you safe and is based around three key principles so you can have the best possible time on the ski field this season
The Code is designed to keep you safe, and has three key principles:
Know your limits
- Ride to your ability, control your speed
- Be aware of the conditions
- Take a lesson.
Find your space
- Stop where you can be seen
- Give others room
- Look ahead.
- Obey all signs and closures
- If you’re tired, take a rest
- Wear a helmet.
Reviewed: 8 July 2016