January is National Safety Month and a time to revisit the little things you can do to stay safe while having a fantastic day on the mountain. Take a look at our top seven tips for staying safe on the mountain while visiting Telluride:
1. Always Ski In Control
Whether skiing on a cat track or conquering expert terrain, it is critical to your safety and the safety of others that you ski in control. Use speed control techniques like edging and turning to ensure that you are never surprised by terrain obstacles or other people.
2. Dow nhill Athletes Always Have the Right of Way
Remember the rule that the downhill skier or skier ahead of you, always has the right of way. When heading down the slopes, keep your eyes open and alert so as to see all skiers and boarders around you. Definitely take rollers and blind curves slowly as you never know what could be around the corner or over the hill.
3. Be a Defensive Skier or Rider
Rather than being a reactive skier, be aware of your surroundings at all times and anticipate how the skiers and boarders around you will be moving on and throughout the mountain. Think about the various routes that will put you on comfortable terrain for your skill level. If you find yourself on terrain that makes you uncomfortable, just take it slow and focus on your technique.
4. Always Wear a Helmet
The mountain can be an unpredictable place at times and your brain is the most important object to protect. When skiing or snowboarding it is crucial that you wear a helmet to effectively protect you from any potential accidents or rogue tree branches.
5. Be Aware of Where You’re Stopping
Stopping to regroup is a great way to make sure all of your friends and family stay together. It is, however, important to remember that you are still on a ski slope and others may not be aware you are stopping. Be sure to gather together off to the side of the run and stack above and below each other in order to take up as little space as possible. This technique will keep you safe from skiers on the slope and keep you and your group out of the way of other skiers and snowboarders.
6. Set a Meeting Place in the Morning
Skiing in a group is a fantastic way to effectively see the mountain while also being safe. However, sometimes people ski at different paces or want to ski different terrain. In this case, it’s possible to get separated from your group which is why it’s a great idea to set a mid-day meeting point for lunch or a safe spot to meet should you get separated. This location should be agreed upon before you set out on the mountain.
7. Observe All Posted Signs and Warnings
Signs, ropes, and warnings are a critical factor when it comes to being safe on the mountain. Our mountain operations team works hard to ensure that the terrain you’re skiing is in the safest condition possible. Signs, ropes and warnings are always there for good reason, so obey posted signage and closures and have a blast in open, inbounds terrain.
Your safety is our top priority. No matter your goals for your day on the mountain, if you’re ever in need of assistance, you can contact Telluride Ski Patrol directly at (970) 728-7585. If you are seeking information, look for Telluride Guest Services or Trail Safety staff in yellow jackets around the mountain. Always have fun, but never compromise your safety or the safety of others.