Skiing

In 2018, Parachute partnered with the Canadian Ski Council, the Ontario Snow Resorts Association and Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) to produce GRAVITY: A Film about Serious Downhill Adventures in Safety.

The film covers five ski aspects of ski and snowboarding safety: View the entire video above, or follow these links to watch the individual video segments (from three to six minutes in length) on:

The right clothing, gear, and preparation

Helmets and concussion 

Alpine Responsibility Code

Lift safety 

Moving up to the big mountains.

Additional safety tips

  • Beginners should take lessons from a certified instructor.
  • A ski helmet is recommended for children to prevent head injury. (Helmets are also recommended for racers and high-risk environments such as back-country skiing). In 2014 the CSA released a new standard for a multi-impact ski and snowboard helmet. 
  • Skiers should follow the buddy system. Never ski alone.
  • Always check a child's ski equipment to make sure it is in good condition and fits properly. Bindings should be checked at least once a year by a qualified technician or ski shop. Bindings, boots and skis which do not fit properly or are not properly adjusted are a significant risk factor for young skiers.
  • Do warmup exercises and stretches before each day's skiing.
  • Skiers need to stay on marked trails and follow other rules of the slopes.
  • Skiers should be especially careful on the first and last few runs of the day, when injuries are most common.
  • Skiers should choose runs or trails that best suit their ability. Before they start out, skiers should understand the signs used to indicate level of difficulty.
  • Skiers should stay alert to hazards (such as rocks, trees, ice patches) and changes in weather and visibility.
  • Skiers should dress against frostbite, be sure boots are not too tight, and wear sunglasses or goggles with UV protection to guard against the reflection of the sun off the snow. They should also wear sunscreen to protect against sunburns. Read more on clothing for outdoor play.
  • Skiers should quit before they get tired and before it gets dark. Fatigue and poor visibility both lead to injuries.