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Snow Skiing and Snowboarding

In 2001, more than 17,500 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for snow skiing-related injuries, and nearly 22,600 were treated for snowboarding-related injuries.

With a few safety precautions, skiing and snowboarding are sports that even young children can enjoy. Parents should make sure children follow these suggested precautions:

child snow skiing

  • Enroll in at least one skiing or snowboarding lesson to start off on the right track.
  • Use caution when entering and exiting the ski lift.
  • Do not ski out of control or go too fast.
  • Be aware of other people on the slope.
  • Wear a ski helmet and eye protection.
  • Wear sun protection, even on cloudy days.
  • Never ski alone. Young children should always be supervised by an adult.


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