4 Dangers of Skiing

Skiing is easily the most popular snow sport, for places that experience the snow of winter at most times of the year skiing and snowboarding will be a part of their culture. It is a sport and it is performed in extremely cold conditions most of the time, this means that performing this activity does come with some risks. Depending on where you plan to ski and your skill level on the slopes, the amount of danger you can expect varies. Luckily for most tourist heavy areas the places designated for skiing are carefully assessed for safety and they wont usually give you the opportunity to go shooting off the end off a cliff. Despite this there are still some common things to look out for when enjoying yourself in the snow.

Skiers Thumb

This is a common issue that arises when people fall over. Thanks to the cumbersome and initially awkward length of the skis newcomers to the sport may find themselves toppling over often, while even the pros will stumble from time to time. Skiers thumb occurs when someone attempts to break their fall with their hands, which you would think would be a good thing, though because they are usually carrying a ski pole, the way skiers land is directly on their thumb which can put a lot of weight on a small joint causing a painful landing that could mean a trip to the hospital. To avoid this make sure you let go of your pole if you do find yourself falling.

Skiers Thumb

Falls from Heights

This is another trick related injury though many ski slopes have ramps causing skiers to go airborne at particular times. If you aren’t used to this however, landing wrong means you will almost definitely hurt yourself. This also happens frequently for those out on non-resort ski trips where small hidden drops and cavities under the snow are invisible. It’s best to stick to the ground until you are trained enough to perform jumps and give obstacles like trees a wide berth when skiing freely.

Hypothermia

This condition occurs not because of skiing this time but because of the environment. When you are out enjoying yourself and working up a sweat it can be easy to forget that the air you are in is bitterly cold. Luckily thanks to modern materials the majority of people who ski are well dressed and capable of keeping their body temperature at a safe level. Remember though removing clothes even for a minute or dropping a layer to cool off can be a huge risk as hypothermia can be fatal.

Leg Damage

This one is probably the most expected and one of the most common. Once again, the design of the ski and the way that we wear them means that this problem is highly increased. Just knocking your ski on something during your high speed descent can be enough to send one leg out in a direction that will cause a fall or even bash your knees into one another. This damage occurs more often when people are performing stunts and tricks, so do so at your own risk.