The chair can give you a lot of opportunities to learn from veteran skiers and drivers, especially if it is your first ski trip. But sometimes you also hear half truths. And if you don't take these with salt grains you will learn sooner or later that these fake facts can dampen the ski vacation you planned for months.
Caution is still worth a kilo of cure, so they say. So before you start your long-awaited ski vacation, take care of and read about these myths (and the truth behind them):
Helmets make you men (or women) of steel
There are many reasons to wear a helmet, but getting invincible is not one of them. Therefore, even with a ski helmet on, caution (and much of it) should still be exercised. It is a sad fact that deaths in skis have not fallen because helmet use has become a necessary norm. But it is still recommended to wear one, to alleviate serious head injuries.
Thick socks can keep your feet warm
On the contrary, thick socks (or double up on socks) can often lead to cold feet (punctured). Sweating and lack of circulation are often called the main sins. Experts therefore recommend breathable socks as these allow less sweating and more circulation in your feet.
The more chairs lifts, the greater the ski area
You will be surprised to know that the number of chair lifts does not always correspond to the size of the ski area. Ski track, on the other hand, is a very accurate measurement of a ski area of land.
You're bound to break your leg
Long ago, bone fractures are quite common. But with the advent of new technology in skiing it is time to spend the rest of your skiing holiday on a large plaster cast and eat popcorn at the fire. Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL), however, becomes the most common injury du jour.
The ski season ends after March
On the contrary, Easter can be the best time to grab your skis and drive to the nearest mountain. The crowd may have declined, but there is still a lot of fresh powder to do (thanks to temporary snowstorms in April). Even the dirty corn snow has a certain appeal too! So while the high season (between October and February) may be the best time to get some action on powder, you appreciate the pristine snow and comfort on an almost empty ski resort (and the great discounts they offer). Plus, you get the best of both worlds: Lots of powder and lunch al fresco.
So next time someone tells you that you are wearing two or three socks together to keep you warm, don't take his word for it. Do your homework and rely on expert advice, and you'll have a trouble-free ski trip.