Seems like every year we hear about a famous celebrity who has been seriously injured or killed in a skiing accident. But there are thousands more you never hear about.
Out of every million ski visits, one ends in a fatality. That may sound like a miniscule statistic – but not to that person whose turn it is to be the one in a million. And, of course, the rate of injury is way higher – around 6 or 7 people per thousand visits.
Most victims – 85 percent in fact – are young people in their teens or 20s.
If you or someone in your family expects to be among the 10 million skiers out on the slopes this season, here are the key basic safety tips:
- Always stay in control.
- People ahead of you have the right of way.
- Stop in a safe place for you and others.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
- Know how to use the lifts safely.
These tips and those gruesome statistics we mentioned come from the National Ski Areas Association here. You’ll find other useful tips and information elsewhere on the NSAA site.
Now, the other big question. Are the skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts in your family adequately insured against accidents and injuries both to themselves or the liability they might have for injuries to others.
This isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Individual accident and travel policies vary in the extent to which they offer protection. The best advice is to contact us to discuss existing coverage and future needs. Thinking about that now can save a lot of pain and distress in the future.