Downhill skiing and snowboarding are great ways to enjoy being outside in the winter. As with most winter sports, there's a risk of getting hurt when you ski or snowboard. Injuries happen most often because of:
Before you go:
While you're skiing and snowboarding:
Using alcohol and other drugs, like cannabis, can put you at higher risk of getting hurt or hurting someone else when you ski or snowboard.
The right gear that fits well can protect you from getting hurt. Go to a trusted ski and snowboard shop for help with your gear, and have it checked regularly.
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that children and families wear gear such as:
Check the weather before you dress for the day. It’s also important to wear:
Current as of: September 17, 2021
Author: Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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