School snowsports started today. So last night we (my daughter and I) are discussing the safety aspects of a day on the snow.
Apparently, due to an unfortunate accident (not sure which one, there always seems to be a few, although rarely publicised much) we have to have more ‘On Snow Education.’
I’m often amazed by some schools who take their teenagers and sometimes preteens out to do some very adventurous stuff. And some of it does seem to end up ‘unfortunately.’ There’s some pretty adventurous excursions out there!
I can’t imagine why everyone (and I do mean grown adults) who goes to the snow doesn’t have to have some education before they are allowed out there. Frankly, it’s all white. Once you get away from the buildings you have no blithering idea where you are. I don’t care how many maps you have in your hand with coloured lines on them – it all looks the same when it’s all white. And when it’s suddenly blizzardy and the lifts are all on ‘windhold’ it’s even scarier – whether you’re stuck freezing on the lift, or just marooned in mid mountain hollow.
My daughter has had a lot of time on the snow (unwillingly) whilst her mad snowboarder brothers honed their skills.
She’s pretty good on ski’s. She just doesn’t enjoy it really.
This year at last she had some friends who want to snowboard so she’s gone off for 4 snow days this year.
She didn’t realise how much of the safety rules and codes she knew. She learned them by osmosis.
Behaving for your own safety and others.
Treating other snowsporters with respect (yeah she learned that one well the w/e that 3 snowboarding adults – with no skills – knocked her down and only one of them bothered to say Sorry as they kept on past.)
Stick to the marked trails.
Don’t ski/board alone.
Don’t go out in awful weather.
Keep some food in your pocket.
Keep your phone on you (and hope it works where you are; that it is charged; that you have credit;)
Let people know where you are going.
Wear appropriate clothing………well she is a girl! And she doesn’t feel the cold.
So, she has the appropriate clothing but how much of it she feels the need to wear may be another matter.
So back to discussing the codes and safety plans.
You know that:
Disinterest & inappropriate behaviour are two signs of hypothermia?
How will they know? They are taking a pack of teenagers after all – how disinterested and inappropriate do you think they’ll be?
Best remember the other signs I guess.
Then my daughter is delighted to find that there may be some useful tips on how to get up close an personal with a good looking guy.
Boarder Boys in training
If you find an injured skier(they rarely discuss boarders for some reason):
Stay with them. Do not leave them alone.
Huddle up to keep them warm.
Send someone for help (I found him first he’s mine………you go get help; No! you go; 🙂 )
Now if there’s a sudden increase in the numbers of good looking teenage boy skiers/boarders coming to grief on the slopes….I take no responsibility – I didn’t teach her the code.
Look out boys, those high school girls could be tripping you up on purpose!
I did always tell my boys that girls are dangerous.