Top tips for skiing in spring snow!

Customer 5 Apr, 2023 · 4 min read

How to avoid risks and enjoy the fair-weather skiing… Spring skiing is a lot of fun, with warmer temperatures and sunny skies, but it can also pose some unique risks to skiers and snowboarders. The melting snow can create slushy, inconsistent conditions that may increase the likelihood of falls and injuries. Find our top tips you can follow to prevent injuries during spring skiing:

Check your equipment: Make sure your skis or snowboard are properly tuned and that your bindings are adjusted correctly. You may need to have your DIN settings lower than usual so your skis come off more easily in case you fall and land at an awkward angle. Our rental partners, SkiSet, will be sure to adjust your skis appropriately for the snow in resort.

Choose your terrain wisely: Try to stick to runs that are well-groomed and avoid areas with slushy or heavy, wet snow. First thing in the morning, when the temperatures are cooler and the slopes are more icy, look for slopes that have the sun on them first thing so the snow has been able to soften slightly. As the temperature warms up, then head to slopes that get the sun later or are north facing. By the end of the day when all the slopes will have soft snow, look for areas that are more remote so you can avoid the main slopes which will be the bumpiest.

Book an instructor: the independent instructors on Maison Sport are here to help! An instructor can guide you to areas with the best of the spring snow and give you additional technical pointers for skiing in warmer conditions.

Wear appropriate gear: In springtime, temperatures can fluctuate, so dress in layers that can be easily removed as needed. Make sure to always wear a helmet, gloves and long sleeves so you are adequately protected if you fall. 

Warm up properly: Take the time to stretch and warm up before hitting the slopes. This can help prevent muscle strains and other injuries.

Take breaks: Skiing in slushy conditions can be tiring, so make sure to take breaks and hydrate throughout the day to prevent fatigue and reduce the risk of injury.

Know your limits: Spring skiing can be challenging, so it's important to know your abilities and ski within your limits. Don't push yourself too hard or attempt runs that are beyond your skill level.

Book an instructor today and make the most of the last few weeks of the ski season in the Alps! Check out our blog here featuring some of the most popular resort’s closing dates for the season.

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