Skiing is an exciting and fun winter activity. But it can also lead to injuries, some of them serious. To stay safe on the slopes, follow these safety tips. Safe Skiing Gear The right gear can help prevent injuries. Be sure you have: Skiis, boots, bindings, and poles fitted by a trained professional. A helmet that is made for skiing. Be sure it fits properly and keep the chin strap fastened. Goggles that are the right size and tinted for sun protection. Sunglasses can be worn instead, but goggles help you see better if it rains or snows, keep your face warmer, and are better at protecting your eyes from tree branches and other hazards. Warm clothing, including a hat, gloves or mittens, snow pants, and a winter jacket. A neck gaiter (which goes around your neck and can be pulled up over the face) can help keep your face warm. Dressing in layers can help you adjust if you get too warm. If you wear thermal underwear, get the kind made of wool or synthetic material rather than cotton, which takes a long time to dry and will make you cold. Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF of 30 or greater for daytime skiing, even on cloudy days. Safe Slopes On the slopes, everyone needs to follow these rules: Know which slopes are right for your skill level and ski only on those. Don't ski alone. Stay on marked paths and never go past the ski area boundary or into a closed area. Pay attention to warning signs such as "Slow skiing area" or "Caution." Before you start down a hill or merge onto a trail, look uphill to make sure no one is coming toward you. If you pass other skiers on a narrow trail, call out "On your right" or "On your left" to let them know you're coming up behind them. Never stop in the middle of a trail or in any spot where you can't be seen from above, such as below a drop-off. Lessons can be helpful for skiers of all levels. Sign up for a lesson from a trained instructor certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Private lessons will give you the most one-on-one time with an instructor. Less expensive ski school group lessons work very well too and are a chance to make new friends. Back to Articles Related Articles Safety Tips: Hockey As fun as it is, ice hockey carries a very real risk of injury. To find out how to stay as safe as possible, follow these tips. Read More Safety Tips: Snowboarding Snowboarding is a great way to have fun, but it can also present some very real dangers. Follow these safety tips to learn how to stay safe on the slopes. Read More Sports Center This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries. Read More Safety Tips: Sledding Sledding is a lot of fun, but can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious. To keep yourself safe while sledding, follow these safety tips. Read More 5 Ways to Prepare for Your Sports Season How can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes. Read More Choosing the Right Sport for You If you're having trouble choosing a sport, this article can help! Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.