Saturday, December 15, 2007

Snowboarding When Covered and Physically Healthy

While not many of us will ever come close to snowboarding like the a Flying Tomato or a Danny Kass, we can still enjoy the sport and the unique release it offers. And if we can leave the slopes with all our bones intact, then even better. Mission accomplished, I would say.

Snowboarding is no walk in the park. It is an intense sport. But what I find truly gripping about this activity is the equalizing effect the snow seems to have on everyone. Girl, boy, short, tall, soft boots, those who are especially interested in the clothing aspect of the sport and those who have to be on the slopes because they have to, and so forth. While some are more likely than others to damage, say their tail bone or a left foot, both examples being highly hypothetical, of course, when first standing on the board everyone seems the same. There are no observable differences and all appear to be the same. Till one actually gives in to the laws of physics and carefully tries to master the art of balancing one's weight on the board, of course. While the scenery is idyllic and one might feel like writing poetry while breathing the fresh air and being surrounded by white, one should first and foremost try to be safe.

After all, treatment for physical injuries that occur on the slopes is responsible for a third of all travel insurance claims.

So, if you're busting a huge air, or simply enjoying the surroundings while on your soft boots, first and foremost remember to have good coverage and be safe.

Graph of Shaun 'Flying Tomato' White

3 comments:

dave said...

doing any kind of 'intense' sports activity requires good coverage. i trust you're all well covered while hitting the slopes. :)
didn't Shaun White do a movie about snowboarding, btw?

Nicki said...

where do you sign up for a travel insurance plan/sports insurance? the flying tomato is great to watch, yes.

Bri said...

Dave, yes, the Flying Tomato did a snowboarding film back in 2004.

And Nicki, first check with your own providers. Then check with the resorts where you plan to ski/snowboard. You can purchase a relatively cheap one separately.