Slip! Slop! Slap! Ski! SunSmart & Bureau of Meteorology warn Victorians to protect themselves on the slopes

Tuesday 16 June, 2015

SunSmart is teaming up with the Bureau of Meteorology to remind Victorians to use sun protection on the slopes this winter.

“Most people think of packing sunscreen, hats and sunglasses when they’re planning a trip to the beach, but it's not always top of mind when they’re headed to Victoria’s snowfields,” SunSmart Manager Sue Heward said.

“It’s easy to be fooled by the snowy chill, as you can’t see or feel ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, UV levels are extreme at the snow and will damage your skin and eyes if they are not properly protected.”

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said fresh snowfalls meant Victorians would be vulnerable to a double dose of UV radiation.

“The higher in elevation you go, the higher the UV levels. Add to that the UV rays that are reflected off of the snow and you can see why visitors and locals in alpine regions are at a high risk of sun damage,” Mr Ryan said.

“When you check the forecast for your snow trip, don’t just look at temperature. Check the sun protection times, as well as visibility and snowfall. These forecasts will help you be prepared as possible to have a safe and fun day out.”

Victorians can avoid snow burn by using a combination of steps:

  • Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Think jackets with collars, scarves and gloves
  • Slop on SPF30 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and lip balm
  • Slap on a beanie with ear flaps or a ski helmet that protects your face, neck and ears
  • Slide on goggles or sunglasses with protection (look for a tag marked with the Australian Standard AS/NZS:1067)

“If you’re out all day, make sure you take sunscreen and SPF lip balm with you, so you can top up your sunscreen application every two hours. Better still, hit the slopes early in the morning or late in the afternoon – you’ll avoid lift queues, as well as the middle part of the day when UV levels peak,” Ms Heward said.

For more information about sun protection and UV levels at the snow visit

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