Snowboarding and skiing are all about heaving fun. Being outside on the mountain or in the park and working on your personal goals. However, when you are hold up inside your lodge or hotel with an injury while your friends are outside riding. You’re not experiencing any of the fun.
When you’re going snowboarding or skiing, safety should always be your number one priority. The most important accessories you can buy are the ones that will help you to stay safe out there on the mountain. In this snowboard and ski safety guide will go trough the necessary safety equipment available today.
Proper gear fit
Snowboard or ski equipment that fits poorly can give you an uncomfortable day on the mountain but there are also some safety hazards with regards to bindings, boots, skis or boards that are not properly sized and maintained. Your whole setup should fit correctly and work together save and comfortable. An un-proper fit will cause you to lose control and eventually hurt yourself. We, therefore, advise you to take your time when assessing new gear and to make sure that you’re ready for a save snowboard and ski experience.
Purchasing safety gear
When you’re starting your search for the right protective gear, you may find that there is a trade-off between comfort and safety. Meaning, the more protection gear offers, the less flexible or comfortable it may feel. Professional, heavy-duty gear also generally costs more. So your budget will become a deciding factor as well. You will need to consider your priorities and our advice would be that you try to find the right balance between comfort level and physical safety.
Buying used safety gear may be a good option when you’re on a tight budget. However, you need to make sure that all straps and fastenings are still intact. And that none of the protective shields or braces are cracked. When still in a good condition, used protective gear can still serve you just as well as new gear. Plus it’s usually cheaper than new gear.
Last but not least
Get in shape. Follow a regular fitness program before heading to the mountains and starting your winter season. Some extra training will strengthen your muscles and also build endurance that will help prevent injuries. Before snowboarding or skiing: warm up. Stretch to loosen and warm up your cold muscles. Focus on your shoulders, calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps.
Special note: No matter which safety accessories or equipment you use, there is no substitute for careful behavior on the mountain. Act responsibly and everyone will have a good time. Safety first. Space not speed.