Like most outdoor activities, cross country skiing has associated hazards. It is important for newcomers to be aware of such hazards, and take appropriate precautions so as to be able to fully enjoy the experience while minimising the risk of injury or misadventure to themselves and their fellow skiers.
MNSC trips include a guide as to required skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced).
Skiers should participate in trips appropriate to their level of fitness, health and skiing experience.
Cross Country Skiing Hazards
- ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION
- FALLS & COLLISIONS
- GETTING LOST
- BACKCOUNTRY SKIING HAZARDS
Trip Preparation and Planning
- Always ski in the company of others. Suggested minimum two persons for well marked and patrolled ski trails within resort boundaries, four for back country skiing. In event of injury, one person stays with injured, two go for help.
- Always plan your proposed trip within the capability level of the weakest skier of the group.
- Always let someone outside your group know where you are going, contact numbers for group members, your estimated time of return, and notify them when you are back.
- Where a trailhead has intention forms, fill them in with your group details and estimated time of return.
The equipment requirements for a ski tour on patrolled trails should include (in addition to ski equipment and clothing):
- Skin and eye protection – high SPF sunscreen and lip balm, sunglasses or goggles, hat.
- Spare clothing and wind/water proof jacket
- Water bottle or hydration pack (dehydration occurs with activity at altitude)
- Spare high energy food
- Trail map or topographic map
- Mobile phone (Telstra for best coverage) with Emergency+ app installed http://emergencyapp.triplezero.gov.au/
- Contact numbers of other group members, your emergency contact, trip leader, and most importantly contact number for the ski patrol!
On Snow Ski Etiquette & Safety
See ski technique page