Top 5 Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Last Days on the Slopes
With eight resorts still planning on spinning their lifts in North America into summer months, according to the latest SnowBrains.com round-up, (including Squaw, Mammoth, Timberline, Whistler, Copper Mountain, Beartooth Basin, Mt. Bachelor and Boreal), now’s the perfect time to brush up on your summer ski strategy to help you get the most out of your day.
Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy those last few days on slopes.
1. Sun Protection is Key!
- Wear a buff
- Use sunscreen
- Bring lip balm
- Bring and wear a hat when you’re not in your helmet
- Wear sunglasses or goggles (but not your low-light lenses)
2. Wax is Your Best Friend!
- Waxing once now can improve your spring and summer skiing immensely. Wax a couple times through the spring and into summer if you want consistent speed when you’re making hot laps on the glacier at Mt. Hood/Whistler or skiing pow down in the Southern Hemisphere
- Use high temperature and soft waxes (these are generally yellow)
- Scrape the wax off of your skis or board!
- Bring some wax in case the snowboarders forgot to wax every rail in the park (highly unlikely – Hah!)
3. Drink Even More Water!
H20 is a life source and we need it to live. Drink it up and appreciate that it’s clean and delicious!
- You’ll have more energy to get a ton more laps is you’re hydrated
- You’re much less likely to get injured if you’re hydrated
4. Don’t Put Your Ticket on Your Outside Layer!
If you’re using a jacket and you buy a lift ticket, don’t put your lift ticket on your jacket. By the time afternoon rolls around you’ll be way too hot and ready to get out for some fun spring laps without your shirt when, oops… your ticket and Jacket are in the car. Be smart and plan ahead.
5. Don’t Forget Eye Protection!
I know I mentioned it above once, but it’s important to remember to bring eye protection. When you’re surrounded by snow and the sun is reflecting off of it, you’re eyes are subjected to substantially more light than normal. All of this additional light can actually result in sunburned eyes, known as photokeratitis). This is very painful (I can tell you from experience) and can have a long term effect on your vision. Always wear sunglasses or goggles and you’ll be happy you did. Just don’t wear those goggles in the car Jerry.
P.S. Bonus Tip: download the Snowledge app to track your last days and relive your best moments while you wait for next season!