Skiing is a phenomenal sport that allows you to enjoy some of the greatest views the world has to offer, and can be enjoyed with many friends. However, skiing comes with a lot of risks and it is important to always be aware of your abilities and surroundings in order to ensure a safe day on the slopes.

Wear a helmet: Falls are a part of skiing and there’s simply no way around it. Often these falls are minor, and if you’re lucky they’re onto fluffy powder. However, there remains the unfortunate possibility of hitting your head on ice, rock, or worst of all, a tree. Be sure to protect your noggin with a ski helmet.

Proper clothing: Equally as important as a helmet, be sure that you are dressed warmly. As you make your ascent up the mountain, temperature is only going to drop, so be sure you are in the proper jacket. Have your extremities covered to prevent getting cold and, in the extreme, hypothermia and frostbite.

Know your ability: If you’re a novice skier don’t go down a black diamond just to be a big shot. It’s perfectly fine to try a challenge every once in awhile, but be sure to work up to it. Also, heed warnings from signs that read “experts only”, they’re there for a reason!

Wear sunscreen: Even though skiing is a winter sport, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a bad sunburn. Make sure to lather your face with at least SPF 15 in the morning and during your lunch break.

Be aware of conditions: The weather can turn quickly on a mountain. Stay alert to changing weather and incoming storms. If you have a smartphone, try to check for updated weather conditions regularly. Also, if you’re lucky enough to be skiing at a mountain with an excess of snow, be aware of avalanche conditions and warnings at all times.

Ski with a buddy: In the event that you become lost or injured, it is crucial to have at least one other person with you to help. Never ski alone and if possible bring a cell phone loaded with the number of the mountain’s ski patrol, in case you need to call for assistance.