When you are on a ski or snowboarding vacation, nothing can ruin your fun faster than getting hurt or even getting sick. Here are a few tips that can keep you safe and happy during your winter vacation.


Make Sure You are in Shape

Before you head out to the mountains, ensure that you are in shape. You should do some conditioning training that will help build the muscles that you will be using during your skiing trip. This is also a good way to build up your endurance as well.


Check Your Equipment

It is always a good idea to check your equipment before heading out to the slopes — especially the bindings. Statistics show that about 50% of injuries on the slopes are due to faulty or improper binding performance. You should also make sure that all your other gear is in top shape as well.


Warm Up Before Hitting the Slopes

You may be tempted to jump from the car and onto that chair lift; however, you should do some warm ups. Your muscles will be cold and more susceptible to injury. Make sure you focus on your legs, especially the calves, quadriceps and hamstrings. Warming up your shoulder is also a good idea.


Understand Your Limitations

You should ski at your level. Don’t try to experience that black diamond run, when you still haven’t left the green runs. Skiing within your abilities will keep you safer. Taking a day of ski lessons can also help you advance your skiing level so you can enjoy more of the mountain. Lessons can also help you learn safer ways to ski and board.


Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

You may want to keep skiing to get in as many runs as possible. However, you need to hydrate, especially if you are not used to the higher altitudes. Bring water along, or make regular stops at the base to replenish your fluid levels. Being properly hydrated will let you ski or board longer without becoming tired.


Avoid the “Last Run” Syndrome

You may think you have that one last run in you, but your body may have different ideas. If your legs are feeling heavy or weak, head over to the lodge rather than attempting that last run. When you are exhausted, you are more likely to get hurt.