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​All The Gear You’ll Need This Winter to Hit The Slopes This Season

As the weather turns colder, and the crisp air starts to emerge, comes frost and the fun of winter. If you are someone who enjoys getting outside and staying active, you must get yourself ready for winter sports. If you want to get ready to hit the slopes this winter season, here are a few things that you must have.

Hydration Pack

Many people make the mistake of letting themselves get dehydrated, especially if they are spending a full day out on a mountain. It can be easy to forget about fluids when you are enjoying flying down a mountainside; however, dehydration not only can lead to fatigue and discomfort but it can also make you more prone to injury. Consider taking a hydration pack that can help you keep up with your wintry excursion without missing a beat.

Equipment

If you want to ride down the snowy hills, you need the right mode of transportation to do so. While many lodges, resorts and activity centers have equipment on hand for you to rent, the best equipment is fitted to your needs. Consider investing in your own snowboard, skis or safety equipment to ensure that you can enjoy your adventures for years to come. Make sure that you are decked out with protective gear, everything from helmets to impact gear to additional padding can help ensure that you enjoy your outdoor excursions safely. If you plan to consistently get yourself out onto the slopes, you need to have your own equipment.

Fuel

For those getting outside during these cooler months, you watch what you are intaking, as your body will need fuel to engage in the intensity of winter sports while also having the energy levels necessary to stay warm. This means giving your body the right types of fuel sources. Everything from a hearty breakfast to green tea extract benefits to lean protein which you can get from the right protein bars can help you endure long days on the slopes battling cool weather. Make sure that you have a plan to say fueled up and energized for every jump, slope and adventure.

Breathable, Insulated and Waterproof Layers

If you want to optimize your outdoor adventure, you need to know what to wear while out on the slopes. You will want to layer up with breathable layers on the inside, insulation, waterproof layers on the outside and ideally, also venting in your coat to let off excess body heat as you warm up through your activity. This combination is sure to keep you warm, protected and dry for a full day of activity.

Protection From The Elements

A common mistake that many people make during the wintertime is exposure to nature’s elements. It can be easy to get distracted when you’re having fun. While the sun may not be at its most intense and often disregarded because of the cold temperatures, the reflection off of the white snow and prolonged exposure outside can leave you susceptible to sun damage. Protect yourself with goggles that have sun protection, sunscreen and lip balm. All of these can help you avoid sunburns, windburn and prolonged exposure to the cold which can leave you with cracked and dry skin.

Long Trips

While many spend a day on the slopes and head back to the respite of the lodge or to their cozy homes, if you are venturing out into the winter’s air for longer periods, your preparation will look a little different. For those outdoor adventurists who are considering a backcountry or more intense skiing or snowboarding trip, you must plan accordingly for prolonged exposure. You will need to add everything from first aid kits to shelter to additional food and water supplies to your packing list if you want to ensure that you are ready.

Getting outside during the wintertime is an important part of staying healthy. Before you run off to the slopes at the sign of the first snowfall, make sure you are properly equipped so that you can optimize your time, enjoyment and experience.

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