Tips For a Fun Trip:
Carry some high energy snacks in your pocket. Dried fruit, peanuts,
granola or energy bars are good snacks. Boarding takes a lot of energy
and mid day you may need an energy boost.
Try to avoid crowds if possible attempt
to snowboard 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!
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
child should always
know the name of their 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.
the 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), wearing the helmet, goggles, and carrying their
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.
you're traveling to Colorado, Utah, or some other resort at high
altitude, give your family a little time to get used to the
elevation. We always fly in the day before, arrive midday,
and stay at a hotel near the airport and then start out early
the next day for the resort. We found that this helped us
adjust slowly to the altitude and worked out much better.
Also, the dry
air at requires drinking extra
Always have a lease on your board. The safety leash is a strap
that is wrapped around your leading leg to keep your snowboard
from getting away.