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November 22, 2019 3 min read

4 Key Things to Remember Before You Hit Fresh Powder This Year

If you are anxiously watching the weather report so that you can hit the fresh powder this year, there are some factors you will want to keep in mind to take advantage of the new snow for skiing. Here are a few tips that will help you to make the most of your skiing adventures.

Dress for It

Dressing in layers helps you stay warm throughout the day. Start with a natural fiber layer as it helps to whisk moisture away from the body but also keeps you warm. Then, add additional layers based on the weather forecast before finishing with a waterproof outer layer. If it is cold but dry where you are skiing, consider a down mid-layer. If you think that you are likely to keep your waterproof coat on all day, fleece can be an ideal choice.Fleece is not ideal, however, when you get wet because it retains moisture for a long time.

If it is windy, then the wind will cut through flannel unless you keep it blocked with your outside layer. If you want to stay looking neat, even on a long skiing trip, consider a Merino wool outer layer. Dressing in layers allows you to add and take off clothes as temperature changes. Make sure to also have  a warm hat to keep your head warm.

Staying Safe

There are some  inherent risks in skiing. You need to beware of storms that could impede skiing conditions, cause avalanches, and make it difficult to see. Skiing with a buddy or two is always the best policy. You may also want to consider wearing a trackable GPS if you plan on skiing in isolated areas. Regardless of where you ski, it is advisable to give your itinerary to someone who is not going on the trip.

Injury Prevention

Way too many people get injured while skiing because they sat behind a desk without moving until the snow started flying. Instead, make regular exercise part of your routine. Running and horseback riding are both excellent exercises for building up your leg muscles before winter arrives. Still, you need to  stretch before you start skiing. You should do hamstring stretches, side-to-side walks, and hip rotations before you head down the hill. You should also stretch your upper body by doing some side bends.

Stay Hydrated and Nourished

Most people  burn about 500 calories per hour of skiing. You should start with a healthy breakfast containing carbohydrates before you hit the slopes. Since you may get cold, you might not realize that you are becoming dehydrated. Remember to drink at least 12 ounces of water per hour while you're on the slopes. Try to avoid drinking excess alcohol because it can make you dehydrated, along with impairing your judgment.

Waiting for fresh powder is an exercise in patience when you're a skier or a boardrider. Spend your time getting in shape so that you can enjoy the season when it is finally here. When it arrives, remember to hydrate, stretch and eat a healthy diet to help stay injury-free. Keep an eye on the weather so that you do not get caught off-guard by a storm, and get ready for some great times on the slopes.

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