Lane Rains is getting ready to take a group of boy scouts on a big skitrip. He is well aware of the dangers involved. His group was given tipsby ski instructors. Rains knows from his experience skiing in Europe thatyou have to be safe.
Rains is an experienced skier. But sometimes accidents can happen to eventhe experts.
"It doesn't matter what sport we are talking about," says Stephen Walker,General Manager of Slope and Sail. "All sports have some risk assigned tothem."
Walker has been in the ski business for 10 years. He says there arethings you can do to minimize those risks. They require being a responsible skier.
For example, don't ski too close to the edge. Don't ski faster that youcan control. Make sure you're responsible for your own safety, and avoidpeople and objects in front of you.
The other part of safe skiing involves equipment. Helmets are important, and making sure your equipment is in good shape could keep you from gettinghurt.
Slope and Sail employees test ski bindings to make sure they are releasingproperly. That measure could prevent a leg injury.
Using common sense and good equipment could keep your trip down the slopesfrom turning into a ride to the hospital.
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