Snow sports are extremely rewarding. To get the most out of your alpine experience, respect the natural environment and be prepared for sudden weather changes. To ensure your safety and snow enjoyment, consider the below tips:
- Always lodge a Trip Information Form with ski patrol before you head out for the day.
- Ensure you have the most accurate, up to date map of the ski trails available. The current winter map is downloadable from this website.
- Make sure you are warmly dressed. When skiing, several layers of clothing should be worn, allowing you to adjust these layers according to the conditions. A warm hat, gloves and a waterproof jacket should be carried.
- It is a good idea to carry some emergency food supplies (chocolate or other high energy food), a whistle and waterproof matches.
- Mt Stirling is an alpine environment and the weather can deteriorate rapidly. Poor visibility can make navigation very difficult. If you become lost or injured don't panic. Stay where you are, don't keep moving until you are exhausted. Shelter from the wind, stay dry and light a fire. Place your skis crossed, upright in the snow near you in a prominent position and attract attention by blowing your whistle. The distress signal is three long blasts, repeated at one minute intervals.
- In case of emergency initially contact the Mt Stirling Ski Patrol at Telephone Box junction (0409 945 901) or any ski patroller. The nearest public telephone is at the Mirimbah Store.
For further information about things to consider when visiting the snow, visit the snow safety website: www.snowsafe.org.au.