Winter’s creeping in, and that means there’s a whole new season of skiing and snowboarding to look forward to. But as the old saying goes: ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’…
If you’re planning on hitting the slopes soon and really want to make the most of your holiday, you should start getting everything sorted now. Here are five top tips on making sure you’re totally ready for everything your winter sport of choice can throw at you!
1. Shape up
The high altitudes and physical demands of skiing and snowboarding will quickly take their toll if you’re not in tip-top condition. In the weeks leading up to your holiday, make sure you’re doing plenty of cardio and stretches to get you limber. It’s also important to eat well, and you might even want to consider increasing your vitamin intake by popping a few supplements.
2. Remember: practise makes perfect
No matter how experienced you are, it’s likely that your skiing and snowboarding skills will have gotten a little rusty. Rather than waste the first few days of your holiday getting back up to speed, book a few refresher sessions at your local dry ski slope and you’ll be ready to go right away.
3. Get the right gear
Conditions on the slopes can be pretty unforgiving – compromise on your kit and you’ll soon feel the effects. Specialist outdoor clothing that can properly protect you from the elements and provide head-to-toe coverage is more than worth the investment. Check that your old kit is still up to scratch and then update as needed; there are plenty of retailers offering a wide selection of ski and snowboarding clothing that both looks great and functions brilliantly.
4. Service your ski or snowboard
Your equipment might look indestructible, but that’s not the case (and, the older it gets, the more vulnerable it is). Don’t risk suffering an avoidable mishap with your skis or snowboard while you’re out on the slopes. Either take them to a pro shop for servicing, or do it yourself at home – there are lots of instructional videos available online that will talk you through the process.
5. Think about safety
If you like to head off-piste, you might want to think about taking a safety course that’ll take you through how to deal with avalanches and other mishaps – the stuff you learn could save your life if the worst happens.
This blog was provided by outdoor clothing and equipment brand Berghaus.
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