Didn’t Your Mother Always Tell You Safety First?
By Jeff Cavagnino
In order to fully enjoy the mountain, it’s a good idea to get a plan together. It’s important to do your homework and learn where to go once you arrive and where things like rentals, ticket booths, Mountain Sports School, Base Lodge are so you can get on the hill faster.
Having the proper clothing and gear can really make or break your skiing and riding. Spending the day in the elements can be exhausting and sometimes, when cold enough, hazardous. But when properly managed extreme amounts of fun can be had. When choosing skiwear, look for fabrics that are water and wind-resistant. Be sure to buy quality clothing products as they will last longer and keep you comfortable all day long. Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket. Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, as 60 percent of heat loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands). Have sunglasses and goggles with you with the proper lens tint. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can see.
Take a lesson. Like anything, you’ll improve the most when you receive some guidance and be less likely to get hurt. Stop by our ski shop and have your binding tested. If you don’t have your own gear you can go to any of our stores for high performance rentals.
Get in shape. Don’t try to ski yourself into shape. You’ll enjoy skiing more if you’re physically fit. Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated. Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs. Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly and in control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all have fun!
What You Should Have:
(excluding board, boots, skis, and poles)
- Lip Balm
- Ski or Snowboard lock
- Bag to carry clothing, boots and extra equipment
- Ski or Snowboard Helmet
- Long Underwear
- Ski Pants or Bib Pants (No Jeans!)
- Outer Layer Jacket (Preferably waterproof/breathable shell)
- Gloves or Mittens
- Neck Gaiter
- Sweater or fleece
- Socks or Sock Liner (one thin to medium pair)
- Vest (for insulation)
- Face Mask
- Hat or Headband