Diabetes Australia says that alpine sports of all types can be safely undertaken by people with diabetes. The major potential problem is related to low blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia) resulting from the increased and often sustained level of activity.

A few simple precautions will avert any
major difficulties:

• Discuss the proposed activities with your doctor and develop a new dose schedule for your medication. This will usually involve a substantial reduction in insulin or tablet doses whilst you are engaging in alpine sports;

• Always have some simple carbohydrate
readily accessible. Jelly beans or soft jubes
are ideal in the snow;

• If you do become hypoglycaemic have some simple carbohydrates immediately. Don't wait!

• Follow this up with a long lasting carbohydrate such as milk drink, fruit or sandwiches as soon as possible.
Don't resume your activity until then;
  • Ski/board with a friend who is aware of your diabetes and knows how to recognise and treat hypoglycaemia;

• Hypoglycaemia can occur soon after commencing exercise or many hours after the activity has ceased. Take special care to avoid overnight hypoglycaemia by intensifying your blood glucose monitoring, eating a substantial supper and probably reducing your overnight insulin.

These simple measures will help those affected by diabetes be safe in the snowfields. Those with pre-existing medical conditions should avoid riding chairlifts or skiing/boarding on their own.
Always be vigilant with precautions
and symptoms.


Alcohol & Drugs are fuel for disaster in the snow, they impair your judgement and your ability. Your reaction times are significantly reduced and increase the risk of injury. The whole alpine experience begins when you leave home and doesn’t finish until you return. Avoid alcohol consumption and the use of illegal substances, because they increase your risk of hypothermia.

Alcohol & Drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond to an emergency.