For many snowsports enthusiasts winter is our time – that chance to finally get out an do the sport we love in the Scottish mountains. Scotland offers a veritable cocktail of conditions from beautiful bluebird days cruising grippy piste’s to more gnarly days riding the deep and steep lines in low visibility.
And whilst we love and enjoy these environments Scotland’s mountains are a serious environment to be in, and require the right equipment, preparation and skills to ensure our safety and enjoyment.
So here is Snowsport Scotland’s ‘ThinkWINTER’ quick checklist for all skiers and snowboarders:
- Check the weather forecast before you go
- Pack the right clothing and equipment and have plenty to eat and drink
- Make sure you have the right skills and experience for what you are planning to do
- Know your limits and those of your group and be prepared to alter your plans if necessary
- Let someone know you plans and when you expect to be home
- In an emergency contact ski patrol or if in the backcountry away from the patrolled areas, call 999 or 112 and ask for Police and then Mountain Rescue
More specifically you will need to prepare differently depending upon where you are going. If you are looking for a day in resort enjoying the piste and sidecountry (off-piste areas next to the piste) then the above, fairly standard set of preparations are necessary. If however you are considering venturing into off-piste backcountry areas, away from the safety of the patrolled resorts then there is much more to consider.