Have you ever wondered how you can reduce the risk of an accident while you are on the piste or out and about in the mountains?

Often, we arrive on holiday and it’s so exciting to be away, that we forget we are in an unpredictable environment and that accidents can happen. For the majority of us, this will be the case of course, but it’s good to have an awareness of some small things we can do to keep ourselves safe. Here are a few tips from us.  


Check the weather, and choose your adventure accordingly

 

Knowing what the day has in store and being prepared for it will stand you in good stead. Wind can lead to lift closures and risk of avalanches, and heavy rain or snow can do the same. Morzine-Les Gets has a great team of people whose job it is to keep the mountains and people who use them safe, but you can help too just by keeping a few simple things in mind. If the forecast isn’t favourable, it’s best to stay closer to home. Getting back from Switzerland when the resort is closed because of the weather can be tricky and expensive at best!


Protect yourself from the elements

Wear sunscreen, and take some with you, wear sunglasses or ideally a goggle. Wear layers to keep warm, including a buff or scarf to keep your head, neck and ears warm around the edges of your jacket and helmet. Wear windproof and waterproof gear. Take a bag and carry water if you can. Basically, do all the things that when you were a kid your mum used to nag you to do!


Familiarise yourself with the signs & be aware of piste safety

 

Learn how to understand signs on and off the piste and at the chairlifts. It helps the people helping to look after you if you already know a little bit. You could also check out Morzine Source developed ‘Piste X Code’ and take their quiz to test your knowledge!


Check opening and closing times


Once you find your ski legs and start venturing further afield, be sure to check the opening and closing times of the lifts and allow yourself time to get back. This is a HUGE resort, and whilst it’s not too much effort to get back from Les Gets and Avoriaz, Switzerland and the backcountry is a whole different ball game.

 

Take lessons, or take a guide

 

If you want to improve and venture further afield safely, then take someone with you who knows what they are doing. You won’t have to check the map as they will take care of this for you, and you know that they will have checked all the warning signs!

 

Consider some basic avalanche training

 

If you consider yourself an advanced skier, get booked onto some avalanche training or book a guide who can give you some. Apart from the fact that it’s super interesting to hear what happens in a rescue operation, it also doesn’t do any harm to be a bit more well-informed.

 

Know who to call 


When you get your ski pass there’s all the emergency numbers for the rescue services. Here’s a few of them;

Morzine 0033 (0)4 50 79 84 55

Les Gets 0033 (0)4 50 79 72 22

Avoriaz 0033 (0)4 50 74 11 13

Chatel 0033 (0)4 50 73 35 99


We hope you’ve found this article helpful, if you have other ideas or comments leave them below.