While all of this snow can be a huge headache, there is much fun to be
had in this weather if the proper
safety precautions are taken.
Clothing. Whether you are skiing (downhill or cross country), sledding, tubing,
snowboarding, or snowmobiling, it is important to wear the proper clothing
in order to stay warm. This is not just important for safety reasons,
but won’t you have more fun if you aren’t worried about being
cold? Because your body temperature will be constantly changing depending
on your level of activity, it is advisable to have the base layer be polypropylene
underwear (you might know it as “wicking”). It will feel good
on your skin and constantly pull away any moisture from your skin. Next:
Layer! Layer! Layer! You can always remove layers if necessary. Be sure
to also wear protection from the sun – goggles or sunglasses as
well as sunscreen. The sun reflects off of the snow and is much stronger
than you think. Not only will goggles or sunglasses protect you from the
sun but they will also help you see better. Most importantly, in light
of all the
celebrity deaths/injuries on the slopes, wear a helmet!
Equipment. Be sure you have the proper equipment and that the equipment fits properly.
Failure to follow this advice could lead to discomfort, serious injury,
and even death. Go to a local ski store for proper fittings.
Before you go. Watching the sport on television does not make you an expert. Take a lesson
first. Make sure you are in shape for the sport. Stay hydrated. Abstain
from alcohol. No showing off! If it looks or feels dangerous to you, avoid it.