Boarding safety

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The body parts most affected by injuries are the wrists, the tailbone, and the head. Useful safety gear includes wrist guards, padded or protected snowboard pants and a helmet. Goggles are also used by most people, even though they are not a necessity (debatable snow blindness does happen).

Padding can be useful on other body parts like hips, knees, spine, shoulders, and in the obvious places based on gender. Padding can be specialized for snowboarding, or it can cross sports. For example, knee pads used for volleyball can be useful for snowboarding. They can be useful for the many times that a snowboard rider may wish to rest on the knees, such as after coming to a stop.

General safety tips for winter sports, alpine conditions and skiing should also be respected.

Mountain maintenance is a very important aspect of safety. In places where the mountains are steep and the snow is deep, avalanches are extremely common. In order to keep these parts of the mountain safe, Ski Patrol will set off dynamite to control the avalanche. The idea behind this is that the chances of someone being caught in a large avalanche is less likely. This maintenance is done on a day to day basis.

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