A snowboarder practises jumps and tricks into a
''super-sized'' air bag fall cushion. ACC is reminding
people to stay safe on the slopes this winter; last
year,13,000 people lodged injury claims. Photo by ODT.
ACC is reminding winter sports lovers to keep safety in
mind on the slopes this winter to avoid joining the 13,000 who
claimed for injuries last winter.
Coronet Peak, on Sayurday, was the first skifield in
Australia and New Zealand to open, and the Remarkables is
scheduled to open next Saturday.
ACC Sport programme manager Kirsten Malpas said skiing and
snowboarding were ''fantastic ways'' to keep active and enjoy
the outdoors, but were physically demanding activities, often
involving challenging terrain, so following safety guidelines
was ''a must''.
Last year ACC paid out $18.5 million for injuries resulting
from skiing or boarding, with injuries ranging from bruising,
sprains and strains to fractures, dislocations and head
Claim statistics showed about 8000 claims related to skiers -
80% of those for bruises, sprains and strains.
About 10% of claims from skiers were for fractures or
dislocations, and about 3% each were from skiers who suffered
lacerations/puncture wounds or concussion.
A further 5000 claims were related to snowboarders - 70% for
soft tissue injuries, but 20% for fractures and dislocations.
About 5% were attributed to concussion, with another 3% for
ACC said about 70% of snow sports injuries were caused by
loss of control, resulting in falls or collisions.
Be safe on the slopes
ACC tips for reducing risk
• Build up your fitness before the season starts.
• Warm up before you start skiing or boarding.
• Take lessons from a qualified instructor.
• Make sure you're familiar with and follow the Snow
Responsibility Code, endorsed by the New Zealand Snow Sports
Snow Responsibility Code
• Stay in control at all times: Know your ability, start
easy, be able to stop and avoid other people.
• People below you have the right of way: The skier or
boarder downhill from you has the right of way, but also look
above before entering a trail.
• Obey all ski area signs: They are there for your safety;
keep out of closed areas.
• Look before you leap: Check jumps first, ensure the area is
clear, use a spotter on blind jumps.
• Stop where you can be seen: When stopping, try to move to
the side of the trail and where you can be seen from above.
• Don't lose what you use: Equipment must be secured while
walking or stashing.
• Stay on scene: If you are involved in, or witness, an
accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to Ski
• Respect gets respect: From the lift line to the slopes and
through the park.