While we are enjoying the crisp temperatures and golden hues of autumn, there are those like me who have already started dusting off their skis and snowboards, and are feeling the excitement growing for the arrival of the ski season.
Despite the excitement for the appearance of the first snow, we must think that we cannot simply set off towards the mountain with boots on and go down to the valley as like nothing happened. We must not be caught unprepared!
So here are some tips to help you make this ski season unforgettable.
Check your equipment
Ski and board
Inspect the equipment at your disposal. What are the skis and board conditions? Remember to wax them before starting to use them. I advise you to take them for treatment as early as November, otherwise you could wait a couple of weeks before being able to collect them. This happens because the requests for waxing increase dramatically at the beginning of December.
Also, remember to check the bindings to make sure they are still intact.
Apparel and protectors
First rule: always wear a helmet and snow goggles!
In addition to the helmet and goggles, you may feel the need for other protections: knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, padded shorts to protect hips and coccyx, back protector.
Remember: don't save on safety!
Check if the clothing you have is still resistant to water and cold, and ensure that there are no cuts or tears. If this is the case, consider contacting a tailor for repairs or, alternatively, investing in a new suit.
Before traveling, review the safety guidelines.
Keep an eye on weather reports and trail conditions. If you want to ski off-piste, check the avalanche forecast. Being aware of any changes can help you plan your return to the valley safely.
Don't leave your comfort zone: if you don't feel like tackling a black slope, don't do it! Don't be persuaded just because all your friends go there.
When you buy the SkiPass always add insurance or get your own. If you are going to ski in Italy, remember that from 1st January 2022, insurance on the slopes has become mandatory. Anyone found without insurance will have their SkiPass confiscated and a fine of €100 to €150.
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, consider brushing up on your knowledge. A refresher course (a lesson or two) can improve your skills and increase safety on the slopes.
Don't hit the slopes cold! An adequate warm-up helps prepare the muscles for action and reduces the risk of injury. Additionally, since skiing requires a high calorie expenditure, remember to pack nutrient-rich snacks and keep hydrated to keep your energy levels high on the slopes.
Winter sports require strength, endurance and balance. To give your all on the slopes, add exercises to your workout that target the legs, back, core and improve flexibility.
See you on the slopes!