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Kidski - Ski tips
There are always so many things to think about when you go skiing for yourself, let alone the children. As skiing parents ourselves and having personally taught hundreds of children of all ages how to ski, we know just what is required before kids go out on the slopes as well as while they are on the slopes. So here are a few guide lines which are applicable to parents as much as to children.
    • Check, maintain & correctly adjust all of your equipment before going out on the slopes. This is usually done by the technicians if you are hiring.
    • Warm up before you begin skiing
    • Stop skiing as soon as you are tired.
    • On the slopes ('On-piste'), take note of all signs and markers and follow the 'code of conduct'.
    • Off the slopes ('Off-piste'), avoid areas where there is a risk of avalanches and never ski alone.
    • Learn to fall safely.
    • Ski within the limits of your own ability and always adapt your speed to the situation.
    • In bad weather and poor visibilty, ski slowly and take special care.
    • Choose a safe line of descent, pass any hazardous points swiftly and one skier at a time, and try to avoid skiing on hard, steep pistes and in melting, heavy spring snow
Warming up on the slopes
Before you begin skiing first thing in the morning or after lunch, or after a cold ride up on the ski lift, you should always do a few simple exercises to warm up.  Although this advice is often ignored by recreational skiers, the routine is highly worthwhile.  When your body is warm, not only will you ski much better, but you are less likely to fall and less likely to hurt yourself if you do.  Cold muscles and stiff joints do not work efficiently: they become inflexible and lose their elasticity, and you will find that your coordination is impaired and your reaction time slowed down.  As a result, you may try to ski simply by using more physical force - with the risk of tearing muscles and ligaments.

Ski racers always warm up before a run - especially in the morning when it is usually a little colder and when the body may be stiff from the day before.  Simple exercises loosen up stiff joints, warm up cold muscles and get the circulation going.  In other words, they get your body ready for the demands that will be placed on it when you set off.  This is especially true in the case of beginners, who may not be used to skiing, who may not be prepared themselves with a pre-ski fitness programme, and who are more likely to make mistakes, fall and overstrain themselves.  Warming-up exercises are also particularly helpful if you find that the unusually high altitudes make you slightly short of breath.  Getting your circulation going before you begin to ski will increase your oxygen supply and make your breathing easier.  We suggest you try out these few, easy exercises at home before doing them at the top of the piste and remember - you are only aiming to limber up, not to exhaust yourself before you start !!

    • Pole Exercise: Hold both poles together and with your legs straight, bend down to touch your ankles, then stretch your poles up and over your head and twist them around each side.
    • Leg Stretching: With your skis in a wide 'herringbone' position, bend down first to one side and then to the other, trying to touch the snow with your knee.  Bend just enough to stretch your leg muscles, not so far that you strain them.
    • Swivelling Skis: Stand on one leg and support yourself with your pole.  Lift the other ski and swing it around behind and in front of you.
    • Touching Opposite Ankles: With your skis wide apart, stretch down and touch your right ankle with your left hand, then your left ankle with your right hand.  Repeat until your muscles have loosened and warmed up.
    • Windmills: Without holding onto your poles, stick your arms straight forwards and start to rotate them above your head, letting them swing down beside your thighs.
Code of Conduct
Good manners and a concern for other skiers on the piste is largley common sense, but to encourage safe behaviour and to help prevent acidents, the following code of conduct has been formulated by the International Ski Federation.  You should treat it like you would the Highway Code.
    • Consideration for others: you must ski in such a way that you put no-one else on the slope at risk of danger or injury.
    • Control of speed and movements: you must adapt your speed and movements to your own ability and to the prevailing weather, terrain and snow conditions.
    • Choice of route: if you are approaching another skier from behind, you must choose your route so that you do not endanger the skier in front of you.
    • Overtaking: you mayovertake another skier on the uphill or downhill side and from the right or from the left, but you must leave sufficient room for the other skier to manoeuvre and even fall!  The skier in front of you always has the right of way.
    • Joining a piste and traversing: if you wish to enter a piste or trail, or ski across a slope, you must check beforehand that the slope is free of skiers, both on the uphill and downhill side.
    • Stopping: except in an emergency, you should avoid stopping in the middle of the piste, at narrow points, or in places where you cannot be seen.  If you fall, move out of the way quickly.
    • Climbing a slope: if you are climbing aslope, stick to the edge of the piste.  You should avoid even this if visibilty is bad.  The same applies to skiers who descend on foot.
    • Piste markers: you must observe all signs, markers and instructions from the ski patrol
    • Behaviour in accidents: in the event of an accident, it is your duty to stop and help wherever possible - also to guarantee that the rescue service has been notified and the precise location of the accident given.
    • Identification: in the event of an accident, you must give your identity, whether you are a participant or a witness.
How to fall Safely.
Every skier falls - usually accidentally, but sometimes deliberately.  It is an inevitable part of skiing, and there is nothing shameful about it.  When you are learning to ski, you must know how to stop before you set off, and one of the most effective ways to stop in an emergency is to fall over deliberately.  Knowing that you can stop when you want to by falling safely will greatly increase your confidence.  Falling does not normally hurt, because snow is soft and will cushion you, but there is a safe way to control a fall, and it will help you avoid unnecessary bruises and strains if you know how to fall safely.
    • If a fall is unavoidable, relax and do not fight it.  Go with the momentum of the fall
    • Slowly lower your hips and bend at the knees.
    • Begin to fall by sitting back into the slope, twisting your hips to your uphill side.
    • Keep your arms up and forward, out of the snow, to protect your wrists.
    • Keep your skis below you, perpendicular to the direction in which you are travelling.  Your body will act as the brake as you touch the snow.  Try to end up with your skis across the fall line or vertical.

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