Skiing is inherently dangerous. Take steps to make yourself safer.
Unfortunately, the sport of skiing we love so much can be dangerous. Accidents and injuries do happen. Always remove your pole straps from wrists when getting on, riding, and dismounting all lifts. Follow all written rules and verbal instructions from lift personnel at the area you are skiing. When skiing powder or in trees many advise to remove your pole straps from wrists to reduce the chance of injury should your pole snag on a branch or other expected hazard. When skiing in conditions where avalanches may be possible many suggest that removing straps from wrists reduces chance of entrapment should you be caught in a slide.
Be aware, be safe, and enjoy the mtns.