March is the top month for many lovers of snow sports, as thousands flock to hit the slopes across the best spots around the world. The combination of fresh snow powder, temperate spring climes and longer days means many ski and snowboarding fans try to make the most out of the season. Whether you prefer to ski in Europe or explore further afield, a sport like skiing comes with natural risks and hazards, so to ensure you stay safe from injury, it’s best to take precautions. We check out some of the most dangerous ski resorts, and look into what risks you might face out on the slopes.

The world’s most dangerous ski slopes

The most dangerous slope is undoubtedly the aptly named “Delirium Dive” in the popular Canadian resort of Banff. If you doubt the risk factor of this slope, take heed of the fact that local ski patrols insist you carry an avalanche warning receiver, plus a spare shovel – when attempting this one. Corbet’s Couloir in Wyoming is another run that attracts daredevil skiers to test their luck. A vertical jump of 4 metres, followed by another jump of 6 metres keeps the adrenalin factor high.

Europe has plenty of its own terror-inspiring slopes. The most infamous is the Grand Couloir in Courchevel, in France. With some of the scariest moguls known to skiers, this is a run not to be taken lightly.

What injuries do you face?

Skiing and snowboarding are associated with a wide range of potential injuries – from minor muscular sprains, ligamental injuries and bone fractures, to more serious injuries to the spine, or even head injury. Plus there are also many well-publicised cases of fatal injury, even with seasoned pros. So you can see why it’s important not to underestimate safety on the slopes.

While snow sports are by nature a risky endeavour, it is possible to minimise the risk of injury and harm to yourself, by ensuring you have proper training and experience, and the right kit. Beginners and learners might be tempted to tackle more difficult runs, particularly if they’re in a group with more experienced skiers, but it’s vital to stay within your limitations. A mistake on the slopes can be extremely costly to yourself – as well as other members of your group. If you haven’t skied for a while or you’re not feeling too confident, there are often instructors and tutors around who will be happy to give you refresher courses, to bring your skills up to scratch.

It’s also important to make sure you have secure and safe equipment – this is doubly important to check when you’re hiring or borrowing equipment. Many rented skis, boots or bindings are often ill-fitting or have wear and tear damage that makes them unsuitable for use – check your equipment thoroughly before hitting the slopes.