Skiing is a fun and thrilling sport for people of all ages. It allows people to slide through the snowy slopes at an exhilarating pace.
Often viewed as an adrenaline sport, skiing has risen in popularity throughout the years. That being said, many newcomers and amateurs question the safety of the sport.
While it may look dangerous, skiing is actually relatively safe. Only 2-3 skiers out of every thousand experience an injury each day. For even more reassurance, about 1.1 people out of every million skiers experience a catastrophic injury. This is thanks to the advancement in skiing gear and practices. That being said, there are a few ways to get injured during a ski run.
#10. Skiing Off a Cliff
While it may seem a bit far-fetched, skiing directly off a cliff is a very real threat. Newcomers, in particular, are more vulnerable to these types of mistakes due to a lack of knowledge or proper training on how to avoid obstacles and stop.
Even experienced skiers can make this mistake. A few accidents in the late 1980s and early 1990s were caused by extreme skiers going over a cliff. These accidents, while rare, can be avoided by being aware of trail markings and knowing how to stop.
Avalanches are a natural disaster that can be caused by a number of different things. In some cases, skiers disturb the packed snow and cause the layers of ice to fall. There is virtually no way to prepare for one, making them incredibly dangerous. In fact, an average of 28 people have died every year in the last decade due to avalanches in the U.S.
For all we know, that number could be higher due to buried victims, as non-fatal avalanches are rarely reported. Avalanches can be avoided by skiing on safe and monitored slopes and going in small groups to not disturb the slope too much.