When people are thinking about going skiing for the first time or going on their first ski holiday, thoughts may fall to whether skiing is dangerous as a sport. By its very nature, skiing involves being out in winter conditions in a mountainous environment, which can be perceived as a dangerous place to undertake a sport. But is skiing really a dangerous sport?
How Dangerous Is Skiing For Beginners?
Those with no prior knowledge of skiing may be nervous, especially if they are starting to ski as an adult, or have no skiing experience themselves and are starting out their children for the first time. We tend to see skiing in the news more often associated with accidents or avalanches but how dangerous is it to learn to ski as a beginner?
It would be wrong to say that skiing is without risk because very few sports or activities are. All mountain sports in general carry an inherent level of risk in various areas, such as a risk of hurting yourself, a risk of others accidentally hurting you, or the risk of an incident on the mountain such as getting lost, exposure to cold, or the risk of avalanches.
As a beginner however, you are in controlled areas on slopes with gentle gradients. These areas are very accessible in the event of changing weather or should anything happen, generally at the bottom of the resort or if not, in areas where you can access them by gondolas easily. Ski lifts in these areas are slow magic carpets or drag lifts meaning these are easy to use and so should you fall this is only the same distance as falling while standing, and the risk is very small of hurting yourself.
Indeed, falling over is generally accepted as a rite of passage when learning to ski, but as long as you are skiing under control and in an area appropriate for your ability, the risk of any injury is very low. We always recommend taking an istructor so you can learn the proper techniques and progress with confidence, in control, and in a safe way. You can take private lessons or group lessons from beginner level.