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How to Stay Safe on the Ski Slopes This Season

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"Take it slow, give everybody plenty of space and just be aware of your surroundings. Remember that the person below you has the right of way."

Kayla Anderson with Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe says there are thousands of skiers and snowboarders at the resort right now and many are here for their first time or at least for the first time this season. So Anderson suggests starting on the easy runs and getting comfortable with your own ability level.

"Maybe take a lesson, ski school is great for giving you tips on how to stay in control when you're on your skis or snowboard."

"You need to be able to ride a lift and get on that lift and make sure you can navigate the terrain it's taking you to."

Pat Parraguirre manages Bobo's Mogul Mouse in Reno, where many first timers come to rent their equipment. Pat says that to stay safe, there some gear that's essential. 

"Wrist guards and knee pads, butt pads - those things for a snowboarder are basic equipement."

But he says, it's the helmet that may save your life.

"That's probably the most important tool you can have in terms of safety is a helmet."

We did see plenty helmets being worn, and they do seem to be making a difference. The ski patrol team member we spoke with says the injuries he saw today were not life threatening, but a lot of broken bones, twists, sprains and dislocations.

"That's why it's important for people to take it slow and easy at first," says Anderson.

Another important tip - stay hydrated! Ski patrol says a lot of people pass out after excercising at high altitude and forgetting to drink water.

And finally-- the slopes are crowded, so experts remind us to be patient and slow down.

Written by Andi Guevara

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