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It's ski season and a good time to remember how to stay safe

Are you one of the many people who moved to Colorado to have easy access to skiing and other winter sports? If so, then you probably feel as though you hit the jackpot when you moved in or near places like Aspen, Steamboat and Basalt.

Perhaps, as soon as the first cold snap hit, you began checking to see when your favorite ski resorts would open for the season. Even though not all of them are open just yet, some are, and you may be ready to hit the slopes. If that's the case, this might be a good time to go over some safety tips. After all, everyone could use a refresher when it comes to avoiding injuries.

Do you remember where you face risk most often?

No matter what your skill level, you face the same risks on the slopes as anyone else. The most common accidents happen in the following places and manners:

  • Collisions with other skiers
  • Ski or chairlift accidents
  • Falls
  • Wearing or using inappropriate or incorrect gear

These accidents often cause injuries such as the following:

  • Fractured legs
  • Broken or sprained bones
  • Ruptured ligaments
  • Concussions

In addition, more serious injuries could occur. According to the National Ski Areas Association, traumatic brain injuries and paralysis occur in an average of 44.7 of the injuries that happen each year at ski resorts.

Avoid becoming a statistic

You can take certain steps to avoid becoming part of the annual statistics for skiing injuries by making sure you understand, use or know about the following:

  • Proper equipment
  • The weather
  • Your route
  • Proper ski technique
  • Proper chair lift technique and etiquette
  • Ski buddies
  • High altitude sickness

Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to safety. The other half is up to the ski resort. For instance, if a chairlift breaks or you fall on ice that the resort should have cleared, you could suffer severe injuries as a result. If that happens, you could have to sit out the rest of the ski season, and perhaps longer, depending on the injuries.

During that time, you could need to take time off work to recover and incur medical bills for your treatment. Other financial losses and damages could also affect your ability to support you and your family. If a thorough review of your situation reveals some potential liability on the part of one or more parties, then you may pursue compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.

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