How to Prepare for a Ski Trip to Vancouver

If you’re looking for the perfect skiing destination this year, there’s no better place than Vancouver. Within just a short drive of the city, you’ll find plenty of ski resorts to check out, along with great attractions, food, and gorgeous homes for sale in Vancouver you can lust over. Make this trip the best one possible by ensuring you’re prepared to take on the slopes this season! Here are a few things to consider as you prepare.

Pack your gear.

There’s nothing worse than showing up for your ski trip without the proper gear and feeling uncomfortable throughout your trip. Even more awful, you might have to splurge on an overpriced pair of gloves or goggles at the gift shop and end up spending money you might need on your trip.

If you’re bringing your own skis and boots, you should obviously ensure you have those packed. You should also pack a ski jacket or ski suit, a few base layers of different weights for layering, gloves or mittens, and ski goggles. It may also help to bring extra socks, in case yours get wet or sweaty and become uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to invest in quality pieces, such as thermal underwear like Underarmour. Inexpensive, lightweight options may be fine for an unusually warm day, but you don’t want to hide out in the lodge by the fireplace because you came unprepared for the conditions.

Protect yourself.

There are a few safety precautions to consider before you hit the slopes, whether this is your first time or your hundredth time skiing. First, if you’re a first-time skier, consider wearing a helmet for your safety. You should also be properly fitted by a professional for your skis, boots, and bindings, so if you plan to buy your own before the trip, try to do so in person instead of online. Renting equipment at the resort is the best bet for most travelers, since you’ll have experts at your fingertips ready to help you suit up with the gear that works best for you and your body.

Be sure to include sunblock and SPF chapstick in your bag, as sunburn is an unexpected yet common part of snow sports. Snow and ice is extremely reflective and can bounce damaging UV rays into your face. It can also be hard to see on a sunny day, so ensure your goggles are tinted or polarized.

Stay hydrated.

Pack along extra drinks, as well as protein-packed snacks, to ensure you have the right nutrition to stay energized all day. If you’re not used to skiing or exerting a lot of energy in one day, you may experience leg cramping or extreme exhaustion early on in the trip. Do some stretches each morning and drink a lot of water before heading out for the day.

Keep in mind that alcohol should be kept to a minimum during the day. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a nice cocktail by the fire at night – in fact, you should! It is, after all, your vacation. But, since alcohol can dehydrate your body (and will impair your ability to ski safely), it’s best to wait for the end of the day to partake. 

There is a reason skiing is expensive. You must buy or rent the right gear and attire for the changing alpine environment (e.g., skis, boots, goggles, safety gear). Travel to the resort, accommodations, and meals are also necessary.

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