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Carry some high energy snacks in your pocket.  Dried fruit, peanuts, granola or energy bars are good snacks.  

Try to avoid crowds if possible attempt to ski during the week when the slopes are less crowded.

Use plenty of sunblock. Winter sunlight reflecting off the snow at high altitudes is intense. Believe it or not you will get a sun tan.  Protect their eyes from the sun. Be sure everyone wears goggles, or sunglasses at all times that are 100% UVA protected.  You can burn your eyes!

Be sure your child has the name and phone number of your hotel, as well as your cell phone number, written down on a piece of paper and it's in a secure pocket.

You child should always know the name of their ski instructor.  Be sure older children always have have a trail map.

Select a meeting place so if you happen to get separated you know where to find your party. Consider taking long range walkie talkies on the slopes.

It is important that your child knows when to stop.  For instance if they are tired, cold, hurt or have equipment problems they should stop immediately and remedy the problem.

Get the ski equipment in advance so that your child can become familiar with it prior to actually having to use it.  Have them practice putting on the boots and walking in them (on a rug for safety), and carrying their skis.

Allow extra time for everything!  Getting dressed and driving or walking to the slope will take additional time.  Rushing can cause disagreements and unhappy parents or children and that is not a good way to start your day.

Bring your cell phone, just slip it in a pocket, so you have it in case of an emergency.

Grab a map before you set out.  Review the trails with everyone and discuss the length and points of interest along the way.

For your own safety stay on the trail.

Never travel alone and be aware of the signs of hypothermia, frostbite and snow blindness.

Be courteous to other skiers and allow plenty of room for people to pass you.

Always be aware of potential dangers and make sure you alert all other skiers if you identify something.


Carry along a first aid kit, hot thermos and snacks high in carbs.

Drink small amounts of liquids frequently to replenish fluid in your body.  This is important to do whether it is hot or cold weather.

Do some pre-season conditioning and training to build up your fitness, strength and flexibility.

Warm up and stretch before the day’s skiing.

Cool down for about 10-15 minutes after a skiing session and include low-intensity exercise such as walking and stretching.

Beginners should take lessons to learn proper use of equipment and to improve skills.

Know your limitations and choose trails and distances that are within your own and all members of your group’s ability levels.  Set a pace and stick to it. 

Never litter – take all trash with you.