If you enjoy winter activities such as downhill skiing and snowboarding, there may be nothing quite like waking up to fresh powder. Once you book your flight, reserve your condo and request time off work, you might think you are all set to have a good time.
In many cases, that is true. However, as you prepare your family for a vacation of a lifetime, you might be wise to consider the potential dangers involved.
Common injuries to be aware of before hitting the slopes
While fun, snow sports require a great deal of exertion and focus. In addition to keeping your children hydrated, be sure they are well-rested prior to getting their skis on. This might help prevent injuries such as:
- Muscle strains
- Broken bones
- Ligament damage
Your children probably have properly fitted equipment, complete with helmets and goggles. And you will likely remind them to wear sunscreen due to the reflective nature of the snow. However, there are some other safety measures you can take.
Keep your children safe in the snow
A family vacation is a chance to spend time together. And by taking safety measures, you increase your probability of having a good time without anyone getting hurt in the process.
Before you hit the slopes, you might consider how your family can:
- Stick together. Skiing with your kids can help them gain confidence while you monitor their abilities. And if something were to happen to one of your children, skiing alongside them would enable you to respond quickly.
- Schedule breaks. When kids are having fun, they might not recognize their need to refuel. By scheduling breaks, you can give your children a needed opportunity to rest and rehydrate. Taking breaks as a family can also provide an opportunity to share stories about the memories you are creating.
- Do not push their limits. You might be able to handle more advanced trails than your kids can. However, allowing your kids to ski a trail above their ability level could greatly increase their chances of losing control and getting hurt.
Maybe you have season passes elsewhere and are experienced skiers. Or skiing might be something new for your family. Regardless, working together to create a safe environment can help you create stories to tell in the years to come, as you increase your skill level one run at a time.