Winter sports holidays – the do’s and don’ts!

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Press Release Date: 23rd November 2016

Some top tips for planning your winter sports holiday from Tropical Medical Bureau.

You are bound to be excited about the thought of hitting the slopes and leaving all of your worries behind, or you may be staying at home and planning on trying some winter sports out here. However, with all sports come risks.

Whether you are jetting off to Austria or France, or somewhere closer to home, here are the top ten tips for having fun and staying safe while partaking in exciting winter sports!

Travel Insurance: With the risk of injuring yourself being high, when compared to a beach holiday, it is advisable to take out a travel insurance plan which will cover you for all winter sports activities that you plan to take part in.

Check out the weather: To make sure you’re prepared for the weather conditions, stay up to date with the weather forecasts for your planned destination.

Beware altitude sickness: Remember, the higher you climb, the less oxygen there is to breathe. If you begin to feel sick, be sure to ascend the slope slowly and perhaps stay at a lower elevation the night before so your body can adjust to the lower oxygen concentrations.

Keep hydrated: Après Ski is a big part of any skiing holiday, however, drinking too much alcohol, coffee or tea is not advised as they can contribute to dehydration. If you are planning to ski, it is recommended that you drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day.

Dress to impress: Your wardrobe can be fashionable as well as functional on your winter sports holiday. Wear tight fitting clothing to avoid the risk of your garments becoming caught in ski lifts. Always wear the appropriate clothing for each activity you plan on taking part in.

Sun protection: When skiing, always wear sunglasses to avoid getting painful sunburn on your eyes. It also recommended to wear a sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF 35. Every 1,000 feet you ascend is equal to at least a 5% increase in UV intensity.

Be prepared: Pack something to keep frostbite at bay such as instant heat-packs or extra pairs of socks and gloves.

Be safe and be seen!: Wear colourful clothes when you are on the slopes so you can be seen by other skiers.

Carry a kit: In case of emergency, always carry an emergency kit that at a minimum contains a whistle, your mobile and an aluminium wrap. Always tell your friends of your plans so they can find you in an emergency.

Keep it simple: If you plan to take to the ice and are not a professional skater, keep it simple. Fancy footwork can too easily result in twisted ankles & head injuries.

For travel health tips and advice call your local TMB travel health clinic and speak to one of their qualified professionals. Their experts will guide you through the health requirements for your destination, telling you all you need to know.

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact the Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or visit
Michelle Ryan
Phone: 083 1042620

Michael Collins
Phone: 086 8583585

Niamh Waters
Phone: 086 0492394

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