Since President's Day is coming up, many of you may be planning a weekend away in the mountains. Three-day weekends are great for skiing and snowboarding, but since everyone else thinks so too, you may be dealing with crowded slopes. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- It's best to bring your own gear since renting can take a long time when there are tons of people. Either bring your own, or you can rent skis, poles, and boots at a gear store before you head out on your trip.
- Carpool. If you're going with a bunch of friends, try to pack all of you and your gear into one car. Finding a parking spot at the mountain can be impossible.
- Ski at your level. If you're new to skiing or riding, don't attempt a black diamond just yet. Stick to the easier trails with your fellow out of control and slow beginners. It'll help prevent injuring you or some other unsuspecting skier.
- Wear a helmet. The more people on the mountain, the more chance for a collision.
- Dress warmly. You'll get cold standing around waiting in lines for the lifts, so make sure your head, ears, neck, and hands are bundled up. Hand warmers tucked in your boots and mittens are a great idea.
- Pack your own snacks and meals. Not only will it be much cheaper and healthier for you, but you won't waste time waiting to get your food. Bring your own water too. Use a Camelbak water bottle so you can stay hydrated on and off the mountain.