No matter how experienced you are as a skier, you need to pay close attention to the weather and conditions before setting out. As the ski season kicks into full swing, you will want a fun, safe, and memorable outing or vacation. For some people, the hassle of organizing and planning a ski trip is way worse than running a difficult slope. But we have some tips to prepare yourself.
Look at the mountain’s website and keep tabs on the snow levels and storms that may be passing through. Mountains are always cold, yes, but the weather is prone to spontaneous change. Some mountains will have a very dry year with hardly any snow and other years will be completely covered.
Get your Gear in Check
Of course the mountain is going to be cold. Even if it’s sunny and the skiers all have tanned faces, which does not mean the weather is warm. Even on sunny days you are still skiing on top of snow at a high altitude, so naturally you will be cold. And if you have any exposed skin to the cold temperatures, especially while you are sitting on the chairlift, you are going to have a very miserable trip. For any newbies out there, here is a quick rundown of what gear you need to have before deciding to go out for a skiing trip.
- Ski Boots
- Ski Poles
- Ski Pants
- Ski Jacket
- Stocking Cap
- Ski Helmet
- Ski Goggles
- Ski Gloves
- Alpine Pack
- Skis (naturally)
And some extras:
Pick a Date
Look at the calendar and what date works for you to go on a ski trip. Remember holidays and vacation periods for school time will have more people on the mountain than there would be otherwise. Also keep in mind that the snow that’s on the mountain in December is not going to be the same type of snow that is there in March.
If this is your first trip skiing, you obviously won’t have all of the gear needed and if you aren’t sure how you feel about the sport, you are not going to want to run out and buy it all, just to have it collect dust in your garage. Most resorts and mountains offer some rentals of some kind. There is nothing wrong with rental skis either. They may not be the fanciest that you can guy, but they are rentals because they are meant to take a beating, ensuring that you will still be safe.
How are you Getting There?
In tune with watching the weather forecast before going out, you need to check how you are planning to get up the mountain. Watch the weather reports. Sometimes, while there is plenty of snow on the mountains, the road leading there has been adequately salted or shoveled so a two-wheel sedan will still be able to make it up the mountain. If the weather is sketchy or there have been a lot of previous storms, the terrain may have some ice and you may need some chains. Make sure to carry chains up a ski mountain no matter the car you have, because getting stuck in the snow is absolutely terrible. Taking an all-wheel drive or 4×4 vehicle is more ideal for these trips as both are designed to handle heavy and snowy weather.
In your alpine pack, make sure you have included some light snacks ant water to ensure you are adequately hydrated. Most resorts have a restaurant that you can grab food at in between runs. Keep in mind that ski mountain food is generally served at an inflated price. Prepare yourself for that. If you are concerned, bring your own sandwich and snacks as well as a water bottle to ensure you’re hydrated.