Hi, I'm Traci Macnamara. Today, we're here to look at the dangers of downhill skiing so that you can be aware of them and stay safe when you are out on the slopes this winter. Falls are the number one danger while downhill skiing. Falls account for most of the injuries and they can be especially dangerous when your ski bindings don't detach from your boots when you fall or when they do detach unexpectedly. So it's very important to make sure that you have your gear properly fitted. Collisions are common between skiers or they happen when a skier hits a static object such as a tree. One thing you want to be aware of with collisions is not to stop at intersecting trails or in areas where others can't see you. Terrain features combined with a low visibility can be another danger while downhill skiing. You want to be especially aware when you are skiing in low light, flat light or bad weather conditions. In challenging weather conditions you want to stick to known terrain. Ski lifts can be another potential danger of downhill skiing. If you don't know how to load or unload a ski lift properly, make sure you take a lesson or have a lift attendant help you. Another danger of downhill skiing can be cold weather injuries including frost bite, frost nip and hypothermia. Make sure that you keep all of your exposed skin covered, stay hydrated and go inside to warm up. Finally an avalanche can be a danger when downhill skiing, however, avalanches are very rare if you stay in bounds in ski resorts when the avalanche danger is mitigated but you want to be aware of the avalanche triangle, the conditions that contribute to avalanches such as steepness or terrain features, the snow pack, the weather and the human factor within those. To do your part in helping to mitigate these dangers, you want to know and follow The National Ski Area's Associations your responsibility code. These seven essentials to safe skiing include always seem in control, knowing that people in front of you have the right of way, stop only in a safe place for you and for others, whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield, use devices to prevent runaway equipment, observe all signs and warnings and keep off of closed trails. Finally, know how to use the lift safely.