Enjoy the snow by being fit and prepared!
Before you start your day of skiing, you should take a series of basic recommendations into account.
Recommendations and safety regulations for skiing and snowboarding on the slopes.
Before starting to ski, ask for a plan of the slopes to become familiar with them. Also, find out at what time the slopes and the ski lifts close. If you have any doubts, the staff at the ski resort will be delighted to help you.
Eat and drink correctly
In the morning, it is important to have a comprehensive, balanced breakfast. Throughout the day, don’t forget to take the odd break and to drink water and hot drinks.
You need to be fit for skiing
Skiing, like any other sport, requires a minimum of physical preparation. To avoid accidents or injuries before starting to ski, you should do some warm-up exercises. And when you finish the day, spend a few minutes stretching.
Use an adapted helmet and make sure that children wear them too
A helmet prevents possible head injuries in the case of a collision or fall. For young children, it should be an absolutely essential element. Whether you rent or buy it, make sure that it complies with the EN1077 European standard, and that it has the EC marking.
Check out your material and the state of the fixtures
At the beginning of each season, it is important to get a professional to check the condition of your material. This person should check the bases and the edges of skis as well as regulating the bindings, according to your weight and your level. By doing this, if you should have an accident, you will limit the severity of knee injuries.
f you rent the material, it is the rental shop that is responsible for verifying the adjustment of the bindings.
In the mountains, you need to protect yourself from the sun
Remember that on the slopes, snow can reflect up to 85% of the ultraviolet rays, therefore it is essential to wear sunglasses or ski goggles with at least a category 3 protection, and that it has the EC marking.
Take care of your skin and apply a high factor sun cream and protective lip balm several times a day, whether it is sunny or cloudy.
Thermal clothing and protection
To make the most of your skiing, it is essential to wear clothing that is adapted to the weather and to the kind of skiing you are doing. Thermal clothing that is comfortable and waterproof is the most suitable for skiing.
If you are snowboarder and, especially if you are a beginner, remember to wear gloves with wrist protection. A back protector is recommended for snowboarders as well as for skiers, particularly in the snowparks. Make sure that it has the EC marking and complies with the EN1621-2 standard.
Learn and improve your level of skiing
If you follow the advice of a ski instructor, not only will you learn to ski, improve your level and perfect your style, but you will also have a very good time. All the ski resorts in the country have ski schools with qualified, professional staff to provide the best classes regardless of your level, age and preferences.
In Andorra, the ski instructors at the ski schools in the resorts are the only ones who are authorised to teach on the ski slopes.
Insure yourself and ski without concerns
For your own peace of mind, as well as for that of other skiers, make sure that you have a valid insurance policy. You can take it out at the ski resort itself.