Snow Skiing and Snowboarding

  • Always wear a helmet!
  • Adults should always supervise young children. Older children's need for adult supervision depends on their maturity and skill; if not with an adult, older kids should be with a friend.
  • Equipment should fit the child. Adjust safety bindings at least every year. Always wear eye protection or goggles. Snowboarders should wear gloves with built-in wrist guards.
  • A qualified instructor should teach children to ski and snowboard.
  • Avoid crowded slopes and skiing in areas with trees and other obstacles.


  • Help prevent head injuries by sledding feet first or sitting up (not lying down head-first)
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Children should be supervised while sledding.
  • Keep away from motor vehicles.
  • Use steerable sleds, not snow disks or inner tubes.
  • Sled slopes should be free of obstructions (trees, fences), covered in snow (not ice), not too steep, and end with a flat runoff.
  • Avoid sledding in crowded areas.

Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics

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