We want you to enjoy your time in Bend to the utmost, and that means staying safe when you’re out on the slopes during your trip to Bend Oregon. Here are our top safety tips for skiers.
Make Sure Your Equipment Fits
Ill-fitting equipment can threaten your life. Every time you prepare to ski—when you get on the lift and again when you set off down the slope—check your bindings. Loose boots can cause accidents, and tight boots can cause shin splints and other injuries.
Wear Eye Protection
Snow reflects up to 80% of the sun’s rays, so when you’re spending the whole day on the slopes, there’s a very real risk of snow blindness. To prevent snow blindness while enjoying fun things to do in Bend Oregon, wear sunglasses that block 100% of the sun’s UV rays. When you’re on the slopes, it’s ideal to wear snow goggles which not only block UV rays but have shields or a soft rubber flange that blocks sunlight that would slip through normal glasses.
Stay Hydrated and Nourished During Your Trip to Bend Oregon
Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well, as time flies and you lose track of it, it’s easy to forget to stop and drink water. But just that simple act is vital to your health. If you don’t stay hydrated, your body will eventually tell you by making you weak. And you don’t want to feel weak when you’re halfway down a run and you have no cell reception. Make frequent stops to drink water or carry a bottle in a backpack during your trip to Bend Oregon.
Know Your Maps
It’s easy to think you know a place when you’re skiing groomed trails, but the reality is you’re in the wild and you can get lost or hurt at any time. You have even fewer resources at your disposal when you’re backcountry skiing without a guide.
Know the slopes. Carry a map. Keep your phone charged, in a waterproof case, and in your chest pocket. Check the weather before you go. Make an agreement with your skiing buddies for how they’ll know one of you is in trouble. Don’t assume things won’t go wrong.
You can have a lot of fun in Central Oregon, whether you have a day or a week here, but it’s only fun if you keep yourself safe. We hope you can learn a bit from our safety tips. The guides and rangers out on the slopes are great resources, too, so rely on them. We hope to see you in Bend soon! Call us or visit our website today to learn more about fun things to do in Bend Oregon and to book one of our vacation rentals.
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