As with any outdoor activity, there is an element of risk within skiing and snowboarding. The level of incidents remains at a low level in practise, but it is worth being aware of the risks before starting out in the sport. We’ve pulled together some information about skiing and snowboarding to help you minimise the risks to yourself, including physical preparation and using the slopes safely. However, even with the best preparation accidents can happen, often being caused by others, or situations beyond your control. Again some advice on this is included in the section on accidents.