Teach Your Kids Safe Mountain Etiquette
We love winter sports, and want to make sure everyone on the mountain can enjoy the activities they love as frequently as possible. That’s why we take safety so seriously.
Between integrating with new safety technologies and providing educational materials, we are fully invested in the safety of all winter sports enthusiasts.
To make sure that everyone knows how to be safe on the slopes, we put together a guide to teach your little ones the keys to staying safe from an early age.
Teach Them The Trail Signs
Be sure your kids know how to interpret all the signs they will see on the mountain. Not only for identifying level of difficulty, but also for those that mark dangerous areas, out of bounds, and other areas to avoid.
Stay In Bounds and On-Skill
Once they know the signs, explain why it’s important to be sure that they’re never outside of their comfort or skill zones. Knowing your level is key.
Always Wear A Helmet
Protecting your brain is one of the most important ways to stay safe on the slopes. Make sure that your kids have a well-fitting helmet specifically approved for winter sports, and know why it should always be worn. The proper helmet will keep them warm, but effectively protected, too. Looking for tips to get your child to wear a helmet? Check out our helpful guide.
Use the Proper Gear
Using the proper gear is critical to safety. If you have questions about fit for boots, skiis, snowboards, poles, or anything else, be sure to ask a professional at the mountain or your local retail shop for help getting the right fit.
Also, wearing the appropriate clothing will keep them warm and comfortable at all times. Synthetic layers will help maintain a dry, warm and comfortable experience on the inside, and hats, gloves, and scarfs will help protect you from the winter chill on the outside.
Know the Code
The National Ski Areas Association has outlined a code of responsibility to support safe skiing and riding. In addition to using common sense at all times, you should remember:
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Visit the NSAA’s website for more info.
Never Ski Alone
Finally, be sure kids are always accompanied by a friend or family member. Not only is it a good way to stay safe, but it’s more fun, too!
Don’t forget: before you hit the slopes, make sure you have a winter helmet. Check out our most popular Kids winter helmets.
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