We have some helpful tips for skiers and snowboarders before hitting the slopes. Our advice ranges from proper clothing for skiing and snowboarding to refueling and protecting your body. See you on the slopes!
Dress In Layers
You can add or remove layers to stay comfortable. Layering will keep you warmer, but keep in mind that the two most important layers are the ones closest to the skin and the outermost layer. The layer closest to your skin should absorb perspiration (non-cotton) and your outer layer should be wind and water-resistant.
Wear or Carry a Hat
A wool or fleece hat is recommended. Remember, you lose a tremendous amount of body heat through the top of your head. Another option to a hat is a helmet. Not only will the helmet give you added protection, but it can keep you warm too!
Wear Mittens or Gloves
Some like to give their fingers freedom and others prefer the added warmth of mittens. Either way, put something over your hands to protect them from the cold and snow.
Don't dehydrate ... juice or water is the best way to replenish your body with fluids.
Energize your body in the morning with a good breakfast. By mid-day you'll need to refuel with a snack or lunch ... food equals energy! If you need a snack many healthy options are available in the cafeterias at Stewart and Nevada Gulch Lodges.
Sunglasses or Goggles
Goggles or Sunglasses are a wise investment. At a higher elevation you need to protect your eyes from the infrared and ultraviolet rays from the sun and reflection off the snow. Wind, blowing snow and cold can also be very uncomfortable to your eyes.
Wear Sunscreen and Lip Balm
At a high elevation, the sun and wind can burn your skin quickly. The sun's rays are also less filtered at a higher elevation, so a strong sunscreen is recommended.
Know The Code
Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
KNOW THE CODE: IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST.
BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS.
Be safe, courteous and stay in control.
Teach yourself and your children how to load and unload the lifts safely prior to your visit. Go to www.kidsonlifts.org
Bring your smile and have fun. A day on the slopes can be one to remember, and a positive attitude will keep things simple.
** PARENTS need to pick up kids promptly at the location they where dropped off at.