10 tips for a safe ski holiday

12/08/2014 - Selina Sauerland

A ski holiday is the best part of the year for every winter sports fan – and it should also stay that way. Good preparation, thorough equipment checks and considerate behaviour on the slopes are the best basis for avoiding injuries and accidents. SnowTrex has put together the most important tips for a safe ski holiday.

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fitness-and-self-assessment-“>Fitness and self-assessment

A sports holiday, such as a ski trip, requires a certain amount of fitness and stamina, which should be attained before the holiday begins. If you think you are fit enough, you should at least warm up before hitting the slopes with a bit of stretching. Often you can find practical info boards in the ski areas, which provide some ideas for warming up, even with skis on your feet. Once you hit the first slope it is really important to self-estimate your skills and adapt your style according to that and to the general piste rules

FIS rules.

secure-equipment“>Secure equipment

Functioning skis and boots are the main focus points for a secure set of gear. According to a study by the DSV, nearly every fifth ski accident can be traced back to faulty equipment. A thorough check should therefore be an elementary part of the holiday preparations. At least once a year, every skier should allow a servicing to the skis. A good grind and waxing ensures that the skis remain intact longer and also enhances security on the piste, as one has more control over services equipment. Checking and re-adjusting the bindings is just as essential. Only when neatly and carefully set will they allow the skier to be released in case of a fall, and therefore prevent serious injuries.


If you are a frequent rider and use higher quality equipment, you should be safe in more aspects: not physically, but also privately. Many insurances will not pay if damage has occurred abroad. An international travel insurance is therefore essential. Mostly it is only a small amount which has to be paid additionally, but this can save you a lot of money in case you have to see a doctor, organise a return trip with injuries or you have to visit the dentist. Further recommendable insurances are against breakage and theft of equipment, as well as a cancellation and/or curtailment insurance.

piste-emergency“>Piste emergency

It is not likely, but it is not impossible that an accident might occur and someone will have to call out the piste emergency service. In Austria you will need to call 140, whilst the Swiss helicopter service REGA can be reached under 1414. In Italy you have to dial 118 and in France it is only 15. If you can’t or won’t remember all these different numbers, you can always call the European emergency service on 112 and you will be forwarded to the right station.

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  • Monday, 08. December 2014
  • author: Selina Sauerland
  • category: Press

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