Winter safety: Advice for parents and kids
- Children should take lessons from a certified skiing or snowboarding instructor. Be mindful that a child’s coordination is not fully developed until 10 years of age.
- Equipment should be checked every year for proper fit and condition. Bindings should be checked annually by a qualified technician.
- Children should always wear a helmet with side vents so they can hear. Earphones should never be worn when skiing or snowboarding.
- Children should watch for other skiers, snowboarders, and other obstacles on the slopes.
- Wrist guards should be worn when snowboarding to reduce the risk of wrist injuries.
- Goggles should be worn to protect eyes from bright sunlight and objects, like tree branches.
- Young children should never ski or snowboard alone.
- Children should always control their speed when skiing or snowboarding. Many injuries result from losing control. Stunts and fatigue can also lead to injuries.
- Icy hills should be avoided. The risk of falls and injuries increases in icy conditions.
- Children should always stay in open ski areas and on marked trails.