You can avoid accidents by making sure that your speed and style are always matched to how far you can see, your ability and the prevailing conditions. Being able to stop or take evasive action in time depends on how fast you’re going, how skilled you are, your equipment and its condition, the snow and piste conditions, and how much space you have. The faster you go, the more likely you are to be seriously injured in the event of an accident.
Estimating your speed correctly can prevent undershooting or overshooting. For any move with difficulty M or higher, you need to achieve a certain speed to be sure of hitting the landing zone. The higher and longer the trick, the higher your take-off speed needs to be, and that increases the risk of serious injury.
- Adjust your speed in line with how far you can see.
- Adjust your style in line with your ability.
- Adjust your speed to suit the prevailing conditions.