New England, Feb. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Even though you may not be far from civilization, a day on the slopes can help to recconnect you with our rugged, yet peaceful landscape.  So, even if you forget to pack your goggles or you didn't bring snacks, there's probably a shop to pick up more.  But why pile onto the hundreds of bucks you may have already spent on lift tickets and rentals.  Check out the tips below to ensure you have a great day on the slopes - befor, during, and after!

  • Gear Up Before You Go
    • If you don’t own, plan your rentals ahead of time
    • Resort rental lines can be long – be as prepared as possible – reserve rentals before you arrive, and show up early in the day to quicken the process
    • Think about 3rd party rentals from ski/snowboard shops in town
    • Don’t just borrow gear from a friend – proper boot/ski/board sizes is important for safety
  • Bundle Up
    • Bring & wear the appropriate clothing and outdoor gear, minimize skin exposure as much as possible in low temperatures
    • Base layers, insulation, outer layers – are all necessary – trips up the chairlift can be cold, and winds at the top of the mountain can be strong
    • ‘Lids on Kids’ (and adults), goggle/sunglasses for eye protection
    • Hand/feet warmers can help!
  • Nutrition & Hydration
    • Hungry and thirsty skiers and riders are tired ones, which can lead to potentially dangerous decision making
    • Take breaks and remember to eat and drink at regular intervals to keep your energy levels up
    • It’s easy to jump in the fried food line at the resort – try to opt for healthier options that provide long-lasting energy to keep you fueled for a long day of shredding
    • Consider packing your own lunch and snacks - Look to granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, cheese sticks – all provide calories and nutrients to keep you stronger & warmer on the slopes
    • Look to water or milk to keep you hydrated (plus milk provides protein, and essential vitamins and minerals)
    • Low-fat chocolate milk provides an optimal ratio of carbohydrates to protein, along with electrolytes making it a great recovery beverage after tough exercise.  You can even heat it up for added warmth!
    • Skiing & snowboarding can burn more than 500 calories per hour
  • Stretch the Day Away
    • Stretching before or after your day on the mountain can go overlooked
    • Both skiing and riding use a wide range of movements that are sporadic and sudden – both can be stressful to muscles and ligaments
    • Remember to do a few minutes of light cardio before stretching (Don’t stretch cold!)
    • Stretching will reset your muscles and your body, getting you ready for the next day of fun, or onto your apre-ski activities


Rene Thibault
New England Dairy & Food Council