How Dangerous is Skiing?

How Dangerous is Skiing?

Are you thinking about going skiing? Skiing is a great way to indulge in the outdoors and become one with nature. 

But you’re probably wondering if it’s dangerous or not. Skiing is an extreme sport. You might get injured if you lose balance and collide with rocks or drift away from a sloppy profile. 

However, the steep slopes, high speeds, and overall connection with nature make it a desirable getaway for most people. 

For a recreational skier, it’s no more dangerous than any other sport.

However, accidents happen. Whether you ski recreationally or professionally, staying safe should be your priority when out on the slopes. Let’s look at some of the dangers of skiing and how you can avoid being injured.     

Common Skiing Injuries and Ways to Prevent Them

For a recreational skier, injuries are rare since most people only get to ski once or twice a year. But, this in no way means that it should be taken lightly.

Injuries to The Body

Knees take most of the stress when skiing. A bad wipeout or slip-up could put a lot of strain on the knees.

Most bodily injuries during skiing involve:

  • Hits to the knees
  • Sprained ankles
  • Torn ligaments
  • Sprained wrists
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Broken collarbones
  • Head injuries

A mild concussion is the least of your worries when skidding down a steep slope at high speed. However, head injuries can be lethal. And so, it is always essential to wear a helmet.

Preventions for these injuries can include:

  • Always wear your helmet and joint pads. Even if you suffer from a bad fall, knee and elbow pads may take most of the blow.
  • Always stay alert. Keep your reflexes sharp. You never know what may come in front of you.
  • Ski responsibly. Don’t try to ski above your skill level. You may cause injury not only to yourself but to others as well.  

Injuries Due to The Weather

It’s no brainer than skiing involves snow. So when going on a ski retreat, you can expect cold weather and lots and lots of snow. 

Protecting yourself from cold, harsh weather should be key.

Any exposed skin can fall victim to frostbite. This is a seriously damaging skin condition and may result in discoloration, at the least, and amputation, at the worst. Other than frostbite, weather-related injuries may include hypothermia.

Hypothermia is common in underdressed skiers. In hypothermia, your body starts to lose heat much faster than it has produced. This happens when your body is exposed to freezing temperatures.

It’s cold and wet, which means your body may eventually shut down due to hypothermia if you’re not protected against the cold.

The best way to protect yourself from the harsh weather is to dress in warm gear, wear goggles and keep your gloves on. Make sure you stay dry and go inside if you feel really cold. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

In case you get caught in bad weather, try to get as far off the ground as you can and huddle in on yourself to retain heat.

Injuries Due to Nature

It’s always good to educate yourself before taking up a sport as extreme as skiing. Learning about the environment you’re going to be in is an excellent way to ensure your safety. Read about avalanches and familiarize yourself with the conditions. Avalanches are the main cause of death in skiers.

If conditions seem sketchy, don’t ski. It’s always better to be unsure and safe than to risk your life. Injuries Due to Faulty Equipment

Your equipment is your best friend out on the slopes. Unsuitable equipment for the conditions you are skiing in can become a very big problem. Make sure your equipment is in good condition and appropriate for the slopes.

Even groomed slopes can be lethal with the wrong gear.

Before heading out on new slopes, make sure you take a few lessons. Having a professional guide can make the difference between a good and a bad experience. Always keep spare gloves and goggles with you.

Get Set Ski

Now that you know how to protect yourself when gliding down the slopes, you are better equipped to take care of yourself and those around you. Always remember to be alert and aware of your surroundings.

Recreational skiing may not be as dangerous as professional skiing, but it is always important to be safe.

If you love the adrenaline rush that comes with outdoor adventures, it’s important to educate yourself about the hazards and preventive measures for outdoor sports. You can read about wilderness awareness and the best equipment and gear here.