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INTRODUCTION: TO A FUN SAFE TRIP TO THE SNOWFIELDS

The alpine environment is a beautiful destination for winter or summer holidays and a venue for many challenging and exciting activities including skiing and bush walking. The Alps, however, can be hazardous if visitors are careless and irresponsible.Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be prepared for and aware of the nature of the alpine environment. When planning your trip to the snowfields, select a resort or area which caters for you and your group’s needs as facilities, experiences and opportunities vary widely between resorts and various parts of the Alpine National Parks and high country. Generally, the better the planning the better the outcome, more fun and less hassles.


FIRST-TIMER ESSENTIALS

The following information is essential and relevant to all visitors to alpine areas, regardless of the length of the visit or the type of alpine activity.Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be prepared for and aware of the nature of the alpine environment. When planning your trip to the snowfields, select a resort or area which caters for you and your group’s needs as facilities, experiences and opportunities vary widely between resorts and various parts of the Alpine National Parks and high country. When planning it is important to prepare your vehicle for a trip to the snow, organise your clothing and equipment. Snow sport is more enjoyable if you improve your fitness and organise lessons. Once there, take special care with children. Arrange to leave details of your trip with a responsible contact, for example a parent or teacher.Generally, the better the planning the better the outcome, more fun and less hassles.

Alcohol and drugs don’t cut it in the snow. Alcohol and drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond in an emergency.