A Winter Park ski trip sounds like something you would be looking forward to. And for a good reason. This is one of the best places to enjoy winter sports in the country. The snowfall is at record levels, the snow conditions are variable, and all those steeps, cliffs and black diamond trails have the making for one amazing skiing vacation. But whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier but haven’t hit the slopes for a few seasons recently, you should know that skiing is not an easy sport. The temperature and high altitude up the mountains both are challenging if you’re not fit enough or not well prepared in advance. So make sure you take the following precautions seriously before you embark on your Winter Park dream vacation.
Winter Park Ski Health and Fitness
This is not a cliché. But if you want to enjoy all the great Winter Park Colorado activities the mountains have to offer, you need to make sure you are both healthy and fit. Skiing, both regular and cross-country skiing, are demanding sports that need a high level of fitness. If you have doubts, you might consult with your doctor about which activities you can take part in. Hitting the gym a month or more before the vacation will get you in good shape to get on those mogul trails and get the most out of all those thrilling runs.
Dress for the Occasion
Even if you’re used to cold weather, the mountains are a totally different level of cold. These are the famous Rockies, where gusts of wind can turn a moderately cold day into a blast from the Arctic. Up there on the slopes, you’re exposed to the elements and your only protection is the clothes you have on your back, so make sure to get the right clothes! Underlayers made from natural fiber will insulate you against the freezing cold. And don’t forget to bring your trusty goggles with you.
Get Ready for the Altitude
Winter Park has slopes that can go up for 11,000 feet. Altitude sickness is a real thing and can happen to you at such high elevations. It’s easy to get dizzy when you’re up on the mountain. On a similar note, you should control your alcohol consumption before hitting the slopes or throughout your whole vacation if you are planning on spending a lot of time skiing. Alcohol can increase your chances of getting altitude sickness.
Planning ahead for your Winter Park vacation means you should get a health check, work on your fitness, and be prepared. That’s what it takes to conquer the snow on the Rockies. For more information and to book your Winter Park vacation rental, call us today.