(StatePoint) As skiing and other outdoor activities take the world stage this month, many will be embarking on their own winter adventure to the freshly groomed slopes and snow packed trails. In fact, Americans have made on average, 57.5 million visits to ski slopes per season since 2002-2003, according to the National Ski Areas Association.
Whether you’re an experienced downhill racer or a beginner on the bunny hill, these tips along with certain gear will not only ensure you’re well prepared for your trip, but make it easier to conquer the slopes with confidence.
While you may not be decked out in a bathing suit on the mountain, the sun can still damage your skin, not to mention what a wind burn does. In fact, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays becomes more important at higher altitudes.
Be sure to pack a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation and is water resistant. During breaks, don’t forget to re-apply -- every two hours is a good guideline to follow. A great pair of ski goggles also is a must.
The right equipment can help you in ways that you never imagined possible. A water and low temperature-resistant watch that not only tells time, but monitors nature’s elements, can keep you updated with useful information.
For example, the latest watch in the Casio PRO TREK series, the PRW3000-1, uses atomic timekeeping technology and features Triple Sensor technology that provides an altimeter, barometer and thermometer and a digital compass with bearing memory. If you want to go ice fishing, it also has a tide graph to help guide when high tide occurs. And because it’s solar-powered, you can be eco-friendly on your outdoor excursions.
More information about durable, outdoor watches can be found at www.ProTrek.Casio.com.
You can quickly go from being really cold to really hot when skiing or going on nature treks. These temperature swings can make your run down the slope uncomfortable. But the right clothes can do away with this concern.
For your base layer, think moisture-wicking fabrics that are breathable. You may not be able to actually control the weather, but you can look into new gear designed to help you pretend that you can. From adjustable foot warmers to heated gloves, you can stay warm -- or cool off -- as you go.
Get motivated this Winter Olympics season to perform your best. Before taking to the slopes, ensure you’re properly outfitted.