National Safety Awareness Week has passed, but staying safe on the slopes is never out of style.

Ski Beech has a number of tips for skiers and riders.

Take a lesson. Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some guidance.

Keep in mind that the key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control. To have it, you must be aware of your technique, the terrain and the skiers/snowboarders around you. Be aware of the snow conditions and how they can change.
If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level, always leave your skis/snowboard on and sidestep down the slope.

Don't overlook the importance of a warm-up run - it prepares you mentally and physically for the day ahead.

Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.

Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.

Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly - and in control.

Stop before you become fatigued.

If you're tired, stop skiing. In this day and age of multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts, you can enjoy a lot more time on the slopes compared to the days of the past when guests were limited to fixed-grip chairlifts.

Good advice all.