No one wants to get hurt, but sometimes we make choices that are more dangerous than others. We know there are risks but we choose to do them anyway simply for the thrill. Of course flukes and accidents are bound to happen, so let’s keep some things in mind to be a little safer when adventuring around Vermont. Here are 11 terrifying things in Vermont that can kill you.
1. A whiteout.
Driving in the middle of a snowstorm is sometimes unavoidable in Vermont, but there is a big difference between a light snowfall and full on whiteout where you can’t see 2 feet in front of you.
2. Black ice.
There are few things scarier than driving along and starting to hydroplane across the road. As winter approaches, be sure to take extra caution when driving because the black ice is usually not seen until it’s too late (if at all).
3. Hitting a deer or moose with your car.
These animals are sturdier than you think! Running into one of these guys could not only total your car, but the impact could kill you.
4. Freestyle skiing.
These adrenaline hunters do flips mid air with long wooden planks attached to their feet. OK, they’re skis, but you get the point. Kids as young as 10 are doing this nowadays!
Much like skiing, these snowboarders do tricks that are not for the faint of heart.
We’ve all coasted down a hill in the winter on a sled. The wind on your face, the speed and the cold air are truly nostalgic and fun. Please make smart choices and don’t sled in the woods. Trees are even sturdier than a moose.
7. Ice climbing.
Luckily, professional facilities require ropes and harnesses. Before you go you are required to sign a waiver saying you understand that this sport may result in injury or death, so there is no guarantee that you get home safely.
You know exactly what you’re getting yourself into since there is no way you would accidentally find yourself in an airplane with a parachute strapped to your back. Not to mention it’s expensive… but totally worth it!
9. Hypothermia and frostbite.
It’s not uncommon for the temperature to be well below zero in Vermont. Bundle up!
For the most part, they want nothing to do with people, but let’s not push it. Yogi Bear may have been smarter than the average bear, but you don’t feed these guys!
Don’t look directly up at one. Ever.
What are some other tips for staying safe this winter? Be sure to share these tips with your friend.