On-Mountain Health & Safety
Below StayWinterPark has put together some informational and helpful tips for your ski trip to Winter Park. This information can be used year round.
Here are a few hint and some useful information to assist you in getting ready for your trip to the Colorado Rockies.
Get in shape to ski instead of ski to get in shape. Skiing and snowboarding are exciting and vigorous winter activities. Make an honest assessment of your physical abilities. The weather can change, so make sure your packing list has all the essentials: Goggles, sunglasses, sun protection, a helmet, hat and clothing that you can dress in layers.
Layers of clothing: Start with a base layer of long underwear (preferably polyester or wool/poly blend), turtleneck or long sleeve shirt, then sweater, fleece or sweatshirt. The goal is that when you become overheated you can easily remove something. Socks: Thin wool or poly socks. One good pair is better than several or thick socks – your toes need to move to keep warm! Hands: Waterproof ski mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves. Outer layers: Coats and pants or bibs should be warm, water resistant and comfortable. Hats: 80% of heat is lost though your head, so keep it covered even if you hate flat hair. Sun protection: You are closer to the sun and the reflection off the snow is powerful! Sunglasses and goggles with UV protection are essential. Apply sunscreen and lip balm liberally and often.
Fitness is one thing. Dealing with altitude is another. If you were contemplating a ski vacation in Colorado say, then combine a skiing altitude of 9,000-12,000 feet and no matter how fit you are, your body will be punished. Locate Winter Park Ski Resort’s piste-maps, pocket guides, vacation tips – literally anything which has free advice on skiing at altitude – and there’s usually plenty of it. The crisp mountain air will be dryer and colder; drink 2 to 3 times more water than usual and eat lots of carbohydrates and less salt. One alcoholic drink does the work of two! Keep it in moderation. High altitude sickness: This usually occurs within the first 48 hours. You may experience headaches, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. Best remedy is to take it easy your first day. Most of the ski resorts offer numerous activities to enjoy in the snow from snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, hot air ballooning and snow tubing.
On mountain: First time on the slopes? Winter Park Resort recommends that you take a lesson. This will help your first day from becoming frustrating! Arrange a meeting place: This way everyone in your party can enjoy themselves all over the mountain and no one will have to worry.
Equipment: There is no doubt that the advances in ski/board and boot technology have enabled skiers to progress much quicker than even 10 years ago, let alone in the days of wooden skis and leather bindings – antique equipment probably worth some money on eBay! Furthermore, why pay the extra money on oversized additional bag fees to transport your personal skis (which are probably already out of date) when you can rent the latest and greatest at the resort for not a whole lot more.
Mountain Biking: Most all trails are marked and trail maps are available from the front desk, online or where you rent your bikes from. Most trails have rocks, dirt, loose gravel and stumps that can be encountered at any time. There are also the chances of changing weather conditions – make sure that you have layer of clothing and water.
Lightning & Thunderstorms: Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the Fraser Valley. Seek shelter when you see storms develop and try to keep off ridge tops, power lines and tall trees or other stationary objects.
Fire Danger: See any posted information regarding the restrictions that have been put in place for your safety. This also includes smoking.