Crucial Safety Tips For a School Ski Trip
Posted: Nov 23, 2013
A school ski trip is a great way for students to bond with each other while experiencing something new in their life. It is a great way to not only experience new places but also to instil a sense of wonder and enjoyment of life that is often obscured by obligations of study. While all the students may think they need to do is show up and have fun, organisers understand there are some crucial safety implementations to be adhered to. Students and organisers need to be mindful of these safety tips to ensure there are no unforeseen incidents during the school ski trip.Implement a workout regimen prior to the tripA strong body with tough bones and flexible muscles is less likely to be injured during a fall while skiing. This is why it is important that schools encourage students to condition their bodies by working out prior to the trip itself. The regimen need not be akin to those used by athletes, but it is important to formulate one that builds stamina, muscle mass and muscle flexibility. Rent or purchase equipment that is properly fittedIt is important that anyone planning to take part in the school ski trip obtains equipment that fits them perfectly. Doing so will ensure all the protective measures will function properly if and when they are needed the most. Those who plan on renting their equipment are highly recommended to do so prior to the trip. This provides sufficient time to find components that fit perfectly in place.Brief all involved about the limits of the pisteIt is important that everyone on the school ski trip knows the nature and limits of the piste - aka the ski runs. The limits of most pistes are obvious, thanks to the clear markings and large signs stating the ease (or difficulty) of the slope. There is no guarantee, however, that these signs and directions will be in English, so everyone must be briefed prior to the trip about the limits of the piste. Never stop on the pisteThose who take a fall or need to stop for any reason must move to the sides of the slope as soon as possible. Those who absolutely need to stop must take every possible measure to do so in a place where other skiers can easily see them. Stopping near a curve or beside a bump greatly increases the chance that someone will inadvertently crash into the stationary skier. Ski with a partner at all timesThose who figure in an accident will get help much faster if they have a partner who can immediately head back to the group and report the nature of the incident. The same can be said for if a partner was to go missing. Help can then arrive in a timely manner to provide assistance, treatment or evacuation – whichever the situation calls for. Keep these tips in mind and everyone will be able to enjoy their experience without having to worry too much about accidents while on the slopes.
Susan Joubert works for Ski Plan Travel, the market leaders in excursions for schools. Experts in arranging school ski trip itineraries, Ski Plan has over 14 years experience organising safe and successful tours. We arrange courses with an extensive range of resorts for the best student experience.
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