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Preparing Physically for your Vacation
Get in shape to ski — do not ski to get in shape. Skiing and riding are exciting, vigorous winter sports. Always make an honest assessment of your physical abilities.
What to Wear
The weather can change radically and rapidly, so plan to bring or buy goggles, sunglasses, sun protection, a hat and clothing that makes it possible for you to dress in layers. Multiple layers of clothing are best because layers can be added and removed in order to better regulate your body temperature.
Your base layer should be long underwear, preferably in a wool and polyester blend. The mid layer should be a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt. A fleece pullover or sweatshirt is ideal for the next layer. Outer layers can include a coat and pants and should be water resistant and comfortable. Socks should be a thin wool or poly blend for skiing or snowboarding. Thick socks are too bulky and don't keep your feet as warm. Gloves or mittens should also be worn. Mittens are generally warmer and are best if you tend to get cold hands. A good hat should cover your ears and stay on your head during physical activity (80% of heat is lost though your head). Don't forget glasses or goggles, sunscreen and lip balm, which all are important to use at high altitude.