Fresh Powder Calls! 4 Things to Know Before You Go Skiing
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It goes without saying that one of the beloved activities to participate in the Adirondack High Peak region is skiing. Be it downhill, cross country, snowboarding or backcountry, you will find ample places, for all skills. When planning your stay there are x things you should know before you go hit the powder of the slopes and trails.
Dress for Success
Parental figures aren’t kidding when they tell their kids, “layer to keep warm.” Just as a scuba suit traps water between the body and neoprene, warming the liquid and therefore holding heat in against the diver's body, those of us skiing need to hold heat in as well, but obviously we don’t want to trap water in those layered spaces. In fact, you want to keep your layers as dry as possible. Start with a close fitting base layer, no cotton, and then add layers to that, ending with an outer layer that will protect from wind and moisture.
You’ll also want to be able to shed these layers to prevent your body from overheating when you are at lower altitudes or sitting in the lodge. Not to mention, packing an extra set of dry clothing for any travel to return to your home base. Stick to moisture wicking fabrics and nonbinding options.
Tools of the Trade
Skiing, downhill or cross country, requires gear. It’s true, you can bring your own, but you can also rent gear if you are a beginner or have forgotten items. You’ll want, of course, your skis and boots, but then you may want poles, a helmet (highly suggested), and goggles. Make sure to give yourself ample time to be fitted properly for these items as it can take some time.
The Sky is Not Always Your Limit
The words “thrilling” and “exhilarating” definitely come to mind when planning to hit the slopes. And they should be how you define your time plowing through the powder. But, know your limits. If you are a beginner do not attempt slopes beyond your skills. Never venture out alone, and always let someone know your plans if you are skiing off the resort. As well as knowing when to get out of the cold to rest and warm up. Have fun, but be safe.
So Many Options
The Adirondacks offer a wide variety of areas to ski. Take your time to know what is available to you, the hours of operation, amenities, trail conditions, rentals, and surrounding activities. Ask if you can reserve lift tickets online, if there are dining options, and if there are lessons available. Finding out these few simple questions can help you locate and enjoy areas that are adequate to you and your companions.
Winter in the High Peaks is an experience regardless of the activities planned, but if skiing is one on your “to do” list, follow these four simple tips and your day will go from “snow plowing” to an experience that is sure to summit the height of happiness.