The days are starting to get longer. The weather is getting warmer, and the snow is getting slushier which can only mean one thing; Spring skiing is here! As great as hitting fresh powder lines can be, there’s nothing quite carving through soft, sun-beat snow and enjoying a warm apres session afterwards.
With spring skiing finally here, it’s important to remember that preparing for a day on the slopes isn’t quite the same as it is during the middle of winter. We’ve put together a list of some helpful tips to make sure that this spring you’ll be fully prepared out on the mountain.
Sunscreen may just be the most important item that you can’t forget when you visit the mountain. There’s nothing worse than getting done with a day on the slopes and slowly starting to feel the burning beginning to build on your face. With snow being a natural reflector of the sun, that means there’s even more of a likelihood that you’ll get burnt. Applying and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day won’t just keep the sun from burning your skin, but will also make sure you’re having the best time possible.
After a long few months of cold winter days you may be surprised about how much you can actually sweat while skiing in spring conditions. Making sure you’re properly hydrated before you get on that chairlift is essential to making sure you don’t have a bad time half way through the day. Having a water bottle at the car and bringing a few soft shelled water bottles in your jacket while you ski is a quick and easy way to make sure you’re getting all the hydration you need.
As things begin to heat up, the need for your thick winter jacket is no longer necessary when out on the mountain. Bringing a few light layers that you can easily take off as the temperatures begin to rise is the best way to make sure you are properly dressed for every occasion. One of our biggest tips is to use a rain jacket as your outer layer. Not only is it waterproof but with most rain jackets being pretty thin, this makes it a great outer layer that you can layer properly underneath.
You may have not known this, but there’s a lot more than just one type of wax that can be used to make sure you’re able to fly down the mountain. Making sure you’ve put a fresh coat of warm weather wax on your skis or snowboard before heading to the mountain will help you from sticking to the snow and slowing down.
Watch Out For Thin Base
As the weather begins to warm up that also means the base is beginning to melt down. Making sure to watch out for exposed rocks and roots is going to be crucial to not just your skis but your entire ski experience. No one wants to end the day on a crash, so keep an eye out and stay safe out there this spring!