Essential equipment for staying safe on your ski holiday this winter
Skiing holidays make for the perfect winter break, and whether you’re a beginner heading out to the mountains for the first time, or a seasoned pro waiting to whizz down those blacks, make sure you’re properly equipped with all the gear to keep you safe this ski season.
First things first: Wearing a helmet could save you from an otherwise potentially fatal accident. Although for a long time many skiers prioritised looking cool over safety, in recent years the majority of people seem to have recognised the benefit, and you’ll now see that most people heading out to the slopes will be sporting a helmet.
Of course, the greater volume of sales also means that helmets have become available in a wider variety of colours and designs, so you can still look top notch.
For optimal safety, make sure that your helmet fits well. Whilst you don’t want it too tight, it shouldn’t move as you shake your head.
It’s also important that your helmet doesn’t block out noise because you need to be able to hear what’s going on around you! It’s advised that you replace your helmet at least every eight years, so that your safety isn’t compromised by material fatigue.
Ski boots & skis
Unlike a helmet, you physically can’t go skiing without these things, so forgive me if this sounds obvious. To help you ski safely, ski boots must fit your feet perfectly, and be well suited to your personal navigation style and demands to ensure good power transfer to your skis.
Remember to wear ski socks when trying on boots! As for skis, they also need to be chosen specifically for you according to your weight and height, as well as the type of skiing you will do.
The bindings must also be set specifically to suit your needs; the release value should be determined by a specialist with a measuring instrument, and should be increased each year, since bindings will become fatigued through use.
Wearing the right amount of clothing when skiing can be a tricky balance due to the conditions. Three layers seem to work well for most: Thermal underwear, followed by a fleece for isolation and finally a ski jacket and salopettes, which should be wind-proof, water resistant and breathable.
Make sure that all your clothing allows for good mobility and that your jacket and trousers have a snow guard and a RECCO reflector. When choosing your clothing, you may also want to pay attention to details such as sealable pockets and an appropriate place to keep your lift pass.
For more information about how to stay safe on your ski holiday, read the safe skiing guide published by SnowTrex.
- SnowTrex is an international winter sports tour operator, offering ski holidays in up to 1.500 accommodations and 500 resorts around the Alps and other areas.