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The dos and don’ts of staying safe when skiing

So you've booked your trip, taken a few lessons (or you could be quite the beast on the slopes), and started getting some specialists clothing together. However, you may have forgotten that whilst there's a lot of fun to be had when hitting the pistes, it's of vital importance that you are safe.

Here are some tips for you take on board during your vacation.

Don't go for the spectacular

Sometimes you see a jump that you think you can make and thus hurtle towards it with great gusto. This is all well and good if you've had the requisite experience in air.

However, if you're an amateur, a bit rusty or, worse still, it's your first encounter with the activity, it's probably best to work your way up to becoming an alpine Tony Hawks.

Don't party and ski

More and more people are heading to resorts for not just the wholesome sport that is skiing. A lot of revelers like to party, which explains why it isn't uncommon to see a mid-day DJ set happen at a retreat. This is all good fun, but if you're planning on partying, then it's wise to not carry on bombing it down the pistes after.

You're best bit is to wait until the nighttime and hit a club if you're desperate to let off some steam.

Do be vigilant of others

Of course you should pay attention of what you're doing, but it's also very important to keep an eye out for other people to avoid collisions. Snow is very soft and crunchy. However, it's won't cushion you if you're travelling at great speed.

Do be alert if you're planning on a big ride

You've worked your way through all the slopes, mastered them, and the only one left is recommended for experts. If you're planning on attempting it, be sure to tell someone or better still, do it with someone else.

To be extra careful, it's good to get a radio, small trowel, flare and anything else that will help you out of a tight spot.

Never ignore a sign

Signs are there for a reason, and they can be very significant, especially if you have a terrible sense of direction and there’s one indicating of a steep turn in a few yards. It might be a good idea to read up what they mean, so you aren’t left stuck up a cold mountain.