12 SKI AND SNOWBOARD MISTAKES YOU DON’T KNOW YOU’RE MAKING

Mistake #5 You just fell and your snowboard is now careening down Cornice Bowl at mock speed.

Solution: Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. Whether it’s just wrist straps on your poles or a leash for your snowboard, accidentally injuring someone else with your stuff puts an end to everyone’s day.

Mistake #6 You skied out of bounds and now you have no idea where you are. You’re cold, it’s getting dark, and you’re not sure what to do next.

Solution: Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. Nobody is trying to treat you like a baby; it’s for your own safety. And there are plenty of open trails without letting curiosity kill you!

Mistake #7 Oops! You biffed unloading from the chair lift and now they stopped the lift for you.

Solution: Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. Part of that means checking with the group your riding with before pulling the bar down. Also, don’t knock the snow off your skis or board.

THE STUFF THEY DON’T TELL YOU

The rest of the list are mistakes that may not always keep you safer, but they can prevent embarrassment, dirty looks from others and an all around unhappy time.

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