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PUBLISHED: 6:37 PM on Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Apply online for your 2008 PFD starting Jan. 1 Safety on the slopes
Now that the snow season is upon us, skiers and snowboarders are taking to the slopes nationwide.

No matter if you're an expert or a beginner, accidents can happen, warns Greg Lawson, Group Broking Director of an online travel insurance company.

He's offering some timely advice to help skiers stay safe:

Make sure you are fit: Research has shown that a lot of injuries - especially to legs - happen because people are out of condition when they get on their skis. It pays to get your muscles in shape well before you go.

Don't take risks: Know your limits and only push yourself if you are confident enough or have a qualified guide on hand to give advice and help.

Consider lessons: Even if you are a good skier, it never hurts to have some expert help to ease you back on to your skis and take you to the next level.

Make sure you have good ski insurance: This won't stop accidents, but it will be invaluable if the worst should happen. Make sure you choose a good policy that also provides cover against those little things that can spoil a ski vacation, such as no snow, too much snow or loss or damage to your ski equipment.


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