New Snow Means Injury Risk on Ski Slopes


Rockingham County, VA -- All the snow that fell has skiers hitting the slopes at local resorts, but that means there is a higher risk of injury to new skiers on the mountains.

"It's really easy for them to get out of control on the ski slopes,” shared skier and father James Sattva. “They can get up to 50 or 60 miles an hour, especially when they're learning before they have a lot of control. We don't want her to crack her skull," he added about his daughter.

Sattva is spending time on the slopes with his eight-year-old, Ashlyn. He's been skiing for years and she's just beginning. Even so, she's already got the right idea when it comes to staying safe on the slopes.

"It's safe to wear a helmet whenever you ski and whenever you fall so you don't hit your head and hurt something in your head," Ashlyn shared.

That's good advice from someone who is just starting out. Inexperienced skiers hitting the slopes can also mean trouble for the ski patrol at local resorts.

"The snow is going to be wonderful. It's some of the best snow we've ever had," shared Massanutten ski instructor, Paul Crenshaw.

It's that perfect snowfall that's bringing the skiers out for some fun and many are being safe using helmets as they head up and down the slopes.

"We're just going to be trying to keep everyone safe out there and keeping our eye on potentially unsafe situations," added ski patrol manager, Nancy Bradburn.

Bradburn has been skiing for 21 years. She comes across all kinds of injuries that can ruin a good time.

"The snowboarders tend to injure their wrists more often, and the skiers tend to injure their knees more often," continued Bradburn.

That's why ski instructors like, Crenshaw, are working to make sure newcomers know what they're getting into.

"A big misconception is that it's simple just go to the top of the slope and come down," Crenshaw concluded.

That's why he and other instructors are making sure we know how to turn and stop so we make through the weekend intact.


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