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Skiing safely in Japan

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Japan is fast becoming a hotspot (or should that be coldspot?) for Aussies wanting to go on a snow adventure. Between the magnificently powdery snow and the world class resorts it’s really little wonder why.

Not having much snow in Australia to practice on, those 6ft jumps often catch us off guard resulting in a fair amount of injuries. So with that in mind, we’ve put together some tips so you don’t bring back a broken limb to accompany those holiday memories.

Easy does it

So you’ve just spent hours on planes, going through customs and you’re excited to have finally reached the resort, that’s understandable. Before jumping headfirst into the snow take some time to get a lay of the land. Take visual notes of jumps, bumps and the amount of people on the hill and always start of slow and steady. Irrespective of your skiing abilities, it’s always advisable to start off with the easier hills before moving onto the more advanced ones. I mean, there is nothing wrong with a little warm up before you break out the hero stunts.


Stay on course

Whether skiing or snowboarding, on-piste or off-piste make sure you are within the resort or terrain park boundaries that are patrolled or monitored by resort authorities. If you are going back country skiing or snowboarding (including heli skiing) make sure it’s with a licensed tour operator. Cross country skiing should always be on marked trails and if you decide to go tobogganing (super fun!) remember to stay on-piste. Snow mobiles are a great way to get around a resort, use one that is provided by the recognised piste authority for transport within the areas designed for recreational skiing within the resort boundaries or when on a guided tour with a licensed operator.

Safety matters

When choosing a helmet (because they are not optional), find one that fits well as you’ll be wearing it for extended periods of time. Wearing a helmet could mean the difference between being slightly rattled and serious head trauma. If you do hurt yourself get someone with you to call TID Emergency Assistance team is available 24/7. Always call them first and they will be able to advise you on best course of action for your injury.

Now you’re set… so grab a quote from us and gear up for your snow adventure.


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