There has been quite the cold front going around the country this past week. In our home base of Utah we were skiing in -19 degree Fahrenheit weather this past weekend. Here are a few tips for keeping warm.
1. Layer up!
Sometimes just wearing your jacket with a t-shirt under doesn’t cut it. Base layers are great for these days, and even after that sometimes it takes an extra sweatshirt or sweater to wear in the middle to stay warm.
2. Gloves or Mittens?!
For those who have trouble with keeping their hands warm, we say go for mittens! They help to radiate heat and keep your hands warmer on mega cold days. If you really prefer gloves over mittens make sure you take a good look at what kind of insulation they have to ensure warmth.
3. Ski socks not cotton.
Ski socks are usually made of wool, or some sort of synthetic material, one reason for this is to help wick sweat, and even wet snow from your body. This makes an overall impact on the warmth and comfort of your feet, by not allowing them to get that clammy feeling of sitting in a wet sock all day.
Ski socks usually have some padding on the shin and bottom of your foot to help give a bit more comfort while skiing around. But overall, ski socks are extra thin to help protect your feet from pressure points and friction inside the boot.
Overall, a good pair of ski socks will actually help to keep your feet more comfortable in your not so comfortable plastic ski boots.
4. Hand warmers.
When it gets so cold that you think nothing will work, grab some hand warmers. Lots of gloves these days have little stash pockets that are great for sliding a hand warmer into. They last a few hours, and are a great way to quickly bring that body temp back to a comfortable level.
With Thanksgiving behind us, and many resorts around the country and Canada already open. The season is upon us! Here are some things to remember before your first day out, and hopefully things you didn’t forget if you already have hit the slopes.
1. Make sure your bindings are set correctly and safely. Even though your bindings were working fine last season, if you grow taller or gain weight, lose weight or you get new ski boots, you should probably get your bindings adjusted. Bring those skis to your local ski shop and have a tech do what they do best.
2. Put some fresh wax on those planks. If your bases are starting to look dry this is especially important. There is a point of no return for dry bases, where they will not be able to hold fresh wax any longer. Dry bases are when the base material starts to look white, usually first near the edges.
3. Get your gear together. Do a head to toe to make sure you have everything. Hat, goggles, face-mask, jacket, gloves, pants, and hard-goods, boots, poles, skis. The worst thing ever is forgetting your boots! Rental boots are uncomfortable and usually packed out beyond belief. Also, make sure you have enough layers to stay warm! A warm family is a happy family.
Those are the basics. Now get out there and enjoy some turns!
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First of all, I will preface this with the fact that I understand not everyone gets to ski powder, but it is something every skier hopes to ski at some point in their life, and is more entertaining to watch than people making turns on groomers. Here are some videos that get me excited for the upcoming winter, hopefully they do the same for you.
1. This video is shot at Alta Ski Area last season. If you like deep powder, nice turns, and some cliff hucks. Definitely give this one a watch.
2. Japan is a dream ski destination for anyone who has ever seen footage of people skiing in Japan. As far as it seems, every day is a pow day, and you can ski neck deep powder until last chair. This is one of my favorite pow segments featuring Tanner Hall, in his first solo movie, Believe.
3. Lastly, this. No music, just skiing. Candide Thovex, the best.
Seasonal depression is a real thing. A lot of people get it in the winter, but for die hard skiers it hits in the summer. Usually after waking up from a dream about skiing deep powder in Alaska, or after seeing videos of people skiing the glaciers in Whistler or Mount Hood.
We are located in SLC, UT. Which means that summers are really hot! Utah is a desert state. Here are a few ideas of things to do to keep your mind off the winter, as well as allowing you to enjoy your summers.
1. Hiking/ Nature Walking.
Hiking and nature walking are fun activities to keep you in touch with the outdoors. In some cases you are able to hike around the same hills and mountains that you ski at in the winter. This is especially fun because sometime you can find lines in the summer that you will try to ski once the snow hits. If you live in flatter parts of the world, you can usually find a state park or town park that has some sort of nature that is worth checking out. Pretty much anywhere you can get out into nature and enjoy the fresh air, plants, and animals will make for a fun trip. Even think about bringing some camping gear with you and spending the night.
2. Find some water.
Swimming is always a good activity to get out of the heat of the summer. There are a lot of different water activities that you can do in the summer. If you live near a lake or a river you can usually find a place to rent a kayak or even a stand up paddle board. These are both relaxing activities that second as a great workout! If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean, surfing is really fun, but at times a challenging activity to take up. (Although as you get into it, you will come to find out, waves are also usually more consistent in the fall and winter)
3. Play some Recreational Sports.
Get some friends together to play some sports. It makes it fun to schedule a night each week to play. That way you have something to look forward to. Sports like tennis, soccer, volleyball, golf, soccer, and pretty much anything that you and your friends are interested in. Even disk golf is a popular activity around here, its free most places, and gets you walking around different parks and courses.
4. Work out.
Get ready for winter by tackling a training regiment. Running and all forms of exercise will help you get ready to be the best skier on the mountain. It is also something you can do with friends, or on your own with an mp3 player.
Hopefully this will put some ideas into your head to get out and enjoy the warm weather, even if winter is your season of choice!
What are some of your favorite ways to get through the summer?