Whether you are hitting the slopes at The Moose’s Tooth or Mt. Crescent Ski Area, or strapping on some ice skates at an outdoor popup ice rink, winter sports come with risk of injury. Even in the face of inherent risks, people are enticed and flock to the wintery-weather sports.

The National Ski Areas Association reports that 41 people die skiing or snowboarding per year, on average over the past ten years. Serious injuries, including paralysis and traumatic brain injuries, occur at the rate of nearly 45 people per year. And thousands more are injured taking to the slopes each year.

Ski areas have machinery and equipment that could injury patrons and workers alike. It is critical that these ski companies properly maintain their machinery and equipment, carry the proper insurance, and invest in the proper safety equipment.

We want you and your family to safely enjoy the slopes and other winter recreation! Follow these Ski & Winter Sport Safety Tips!

  • Check your rental gear. Make sure it fits you properly and is in good shape.
  • Wear a helmet. Recreational skiers can attain speeds of 30mph or more! Accidents happen, protect your head.
  • Avoid collisions with other skiers. Stay aware of your surroundings, glance around, and stay in control of your skiing. Look uphill before taking off.
  • Follow all posted rules and regulations.
  • Listen for emergency instructions or announcements that are made by mouth or over a PA system.

Common injuries to skiers and snowboarders include ACL tears, hand or thumb injuries, ankle or wrist injuries, bone fractures and strains and sprains of ligaments and connective tissue.

Follow these Other Winter Sport safety tips!

Ice Rink Safety Tips

  • Tie your laces tightly around your ankles – this gives your ankles support.
  • Begin by marching on the ice, do not gain too much speed unless you know how to stop.
  • Skate in a counter-clockwise pattern around the rink.
  • If you are new to skating, stay at the perimeter – the center of the rink is generally for practicing spins and other skating elements.

Sledding Safety Tips

  • Avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot.
  • Avoid hillsides that end near ponds, trees, fences, or other hazards.
  • Make sure the path you plan to sled down is free of obstacles like rocks or poles.
  • Wear a helmet.

Feel free to share these safety tips with friends and family!

Injuries At Nebraska Ski Slopes

Every year people are injured in winter sports – and often to no fault of their own. When injuries are caused by a failure on the part of the ski area or its staff to establish or to follow safety rules for the operation of its facility, then you may be entitled to compensation.

If you or your child have been injured at a Nebraska ski area, ice rink, or other winter sport venue, we invite you to meet with us for a free consultation. Contact us today through our simple web form or call us (402) 558-4900.

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Matthew G. Miller serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.