Pack snowboard tools, wax irons and other items in your checked baggage
Buy your lift tickets beforehand to get a discount
Sign up for additional insurance, including travel insurance and extreme sport insurance
Keep passport and health insurance documentation handy
Boost your exercise routine with core moves, squats, lunges at least four to six weeks before your trip
Wear your helmet and safety gear while hitting the slopes
Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen
Get set up with the right board, boots and bindings for your ability
Check the riding and weather conditions at your resort destination before leaving
For some, winter means staying inside with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. But for the more adventurous types among us, snow’s our signal that it’s time to conquer the great outdoors. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or dashing through the snow on your snowmobile, here are helpful tips to make your winter sporting adventures memorable and safe.
Participating in winter sports is a great way to stay active and take advantage of the season. Like most sports, however, there’s always the possibility of an injury. But don’t worry: being prepared for this can be as easy as purchasing skiing travel insurance and wearing protective gear to keep you safe and happy while you play in the winter wonderland.
Have Fun and Get Fit
Now that you’re prepared, you can have some fun. Skiing is a great way to experience the outdoors in an up-close and personal way and to get in shape. There are lots of models and sizes of skis to accommodate your body, and ski lessons can help you hit the slopes with confidence. And if you’re looking for some ways to shed that holiday weight, skiing can help you burn calories and fat, as well as help strengthen your major muscle groups.
You might not feel it due to the cold weather—but trust us, your body is depleting itself of fluids while you ski. If you’re engaging in snowboarding, skiing or even ice skating around a rink, you’re engaging in aerobic activity. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid exhaustion and dehydration.
Be Aware of Winter Weather Conditions
There’s a host of winter sports for you to enjoy, but you need to make sure you get there safely. If you have a check-in time at a ski lodge, make sure you leave early so you’ll have plenty of time to make it if the roads are bad. And don’t make the mistake of assuming your vehicle can handle anything: even front-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles can succumb to icy roads or snow that is too deep.
Chances are you might need to fly to your winter sports destination. Many airlines will only allow you to check a certain amount of items—so call ahead to check for fees, restrictions on size and weight limits. It’s worth a call to save yourself surprises at the check-in gate.