It used to be unheard of for skiers to take their phones out with them on the slopes, but things have definitely changed. Bringing the ability to call part of your group when you split up, find anyone who goes astray, or even the option to listen to your music, smartphones now make a great addition to your ski kit, just follow these tips to keep yours safe from harm.
Keep It in a Zipped-Pocket
You might think that your phone will be secure enough in a tight interior pocket – that is, until you take a tumble.
A proper wipe-out can see you rolling over a few times to send your skis shooting down the slope without you, and that provides the perfect opportunity for a phone to worm its way out of an unzipped pocket. Once it’s in the snow, you could have a hard time finding it. Make sure that your ski jacket has sufficient pockets for your valuables before you hit the slopes.
Invest in a Durable Cover
Protecting your phone during a fall isn’t all about making sure it doesn’t escape your ski jacket – you also need to make sure that an unlucky bump can’t cause any damage. The best way to do that is by investing in a durable cover.
Most people use a cover anyway, but it makes sense to pick up something a little hardier if you’re going to be skiing. Look for a cover that provides protection for the screen; if you can’t find one, keep the phone turned with its back facing outwards.
Consider Using a Zip-Lock Bag
This isn’t going to be for everyone, but it might be a good idea to take a few zip-lock bags in which to stow your phone as you ski. Phones are obviously vulnerable to moisture, and there’s plenty of that on the slopes, especially when the snow starts to fall.
It’s easy enough to drop your phone when you’re wearing bulky gloves, and a few seconds in the snow can be enough to break it, so using a zip-lock bag, through which you should still be able to use the touchscreen, is a good idea.
Phones can be pretty useful when you’ve carving up the piste, but they’re also valuable and relatively delicate. Make sure you keep yours protected.