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Tips & rules

Tips & rules

FITNESS

Just think about it! You’re going off to do 4 to 6 hours of hard exercise every day for 5 to 6 days. Not only that you will be doing this up a mountain where air pressure is low and temperature is low. The question is – how much exercise do you normally get. For some people this weeks skiing will result in more exercise than they get in a whole year.Don’t delude yourself. The majority of people need to prepare their bodies for skiing/boarding. The price of not doing so is to increase your chances of injury and not getting as much out of an expensive holiday as you could.The great thing about skiing and boarding is that you will be able to do it and you will be aware of improvement everyday that you go out. You won’t need to be a great athlete but just be prepared.Personally, I like to go swimming for exercise but you must choose whatever is appropriate to your circumstances and what you enjoy.

However, remember that what ever you do you must:

  • Increase the workload of your heart and lungs
  • Improve your endurance for long periods of repetitive activity
  • Improve your strength. Not only the obvious work on the legs. Beginners will use upper body strength to get up after a fall
  • Improve overall flexibility. This will help to prevent injuries when you fall

 

WHILE YOU ARE THERE

Much of it is obvious:

  • It is hard exercise – eat well, particularly energy foods carbohydrates
  • You will dehydrate – drink lots of water
  • When you leave the slope make sure you have all your gear – check off the essentials
  • Do not under estimate the strength of the sun
  • Do Not ski until you feel like dropping. REST Reduces accidents
  • There is safety in numbers on the slopes
  • Let people know where you intend to go on the slopes
  • Carry evidence of insurance
  • Carry a piste map and make sure you know how to read it

 

Be aware of the SKI WAY CODE:

  • You are responsible for your actions and you must not endanger others
  • You must ski / board in control and adapt to all conditions
  • THE SKIER / BOARDER IN FRONT HAS PRIORITY
  • AN OVERTAKING SKIER / BOARDER IS WHOLLY LIABLE IF A COLLISION OCCURS
  • When merging with a slope or starting after resting check up and down the slope
  • If you stop on the piste move to the side and avoid narrow places or areas of restricted visibility
  • If you have to go up or down the slope on foot move to the side
  • Respect all piste signs and markings
  • ACCIDENTS – YOU ARE DUTY BOUND TO ASSIS
  • If involved in an accident those involved plus witnesses must exchange names and addresses – hit and run is a criminal offence.
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