HERMON — With this month’s winter storms and frigid temperatures come more trips to the ski mountain.
“Well our skier safety is our main priority because the next word after safety is fun, and you can’t have fun while doing it unsafe,” said Bill Whitcomb, owner of Hermon Mountain.
Since COVID-19 has kept many people cooped up in their homes, Whitcomb said many people have been coming to have some outdoor winter fun.
But this can create confusion on the slopes.
“On the mountain, there are certain areas where trails come together, so you will have more people in that spot. Well you just have to be paying attention,” said Whitcomb.
These outdoor winter activities can be fun, but sometimes get out of hand. Whitcomb said it’s crucial for people to follow the skier responsibility code to avoid any injuries.
The No. 1 rule is to always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid any person or objects.
“Your skier and snowboarder responsibility is the common sense of courtesy,” said Whitcomb.
When you’re coming down the hill, and if you’re going to overtake somebody, you let them know you’re coming. Don’t cut people off,” he said.
Whitcomb said one of Hermon Mountain’s snowboarding instructors was injured recently by colliding with another skier.
According to Northern Light’s sports program manager, it’s important to wear safety equipment before hitting the slopes.
“Snowboarding you’re going to see a lot more wrists, hand, elbow concussions, and head injuries,” said JP Stowe.
“When you’re snowboarding, your feet are mostly solid on the snowboard. Most of those injuries are because you are falling forward and trying to catch yourself on your hands and arms,” said Stowe.
Whitcomb said following these safety tips can save you a trip to the emergency room.