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Ski goggles and mountain safety

Get ready!  The mountains are opening early this year.  Snowfall has started and the ice caps are glistening.  Do you have all you will need to protect you against the extreme conditions?  Prepare yourselves for the slopes before you head up.  Protect your head and your eyes.

Things you will need atop the mountain:

SKI HELMET

The most serious injury from skiing or snowboarding is a head injury. The mountains all "recommend" that a skier or rider wear a helmet, however, they do not state that it is mandatory to do so.   Though it may not be a requirement to wear a ski helmet, its surely the best way to maximize your enjoyment on the slopes.  You can ski and ride with safety and confidence.

SKI GOGGLES

The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented by wearing proper eye protection.  Wearing ski goggles on the slopes can protect your eyes from cold wind, UV, glare, snow, tree branches, and other moving objects.  Ski goggles come in a variety of tint colors to improve performance in different lighting conditions.

WARM LAYERS

Fluctuations in temperature occur frequently on the mountain.  The body cools quickly as you sit still on a lift, ascending up the mountain.  The body warms up very quickly as you ski or board down the mountain with your heartbeat racing.  In order to maintain a comfortable temperature, you will need 3 different layers.  Base layer, middle layer, and outer layer.

Make sure to avoid cotton as it will not let your body breathe.  Cotton can cause you to quickly overheat and become very sweaty.  Polyester and Merino Wool are two very good alternatives to cotton that are used frequently in base layers such as long johns.

Make sure your external layer/ jacket is water resistant so that water and snow dont stick.

GLOVES

Gloves are essential in keeping your fingers warm and dry.

EQUIPMENT

Most importantly, do not forget your skis, boots, poles, and boards.  Have your skiis and snowboards waxed and sharpened after every 8-10 uses on the snow.

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS ON THE MOUNTAIN

Obey posted signage – Do not go out of bounds

Stay within your comfort zone – Dont venture into expert runs when you are not prepared for them

Stick together – ski in groups of two or more

Maintain a safe speed – you may lose control at higher speeds

Rest and hydrate often – take frequent breaks to recharge

 

For help with buying the right ski goggles, you can visit our Surrey Office for assistance.

for more info online, visit: SKI GOGGLES – BUYERS GUIDE

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