8 tips for great spring skiing

December 17, 2014

Spring is just a few weeks away, but that doesn't mean that you have to pack up your skis for the season. With longer days, cheaper prices and smaller crowds, spring is a great time to hit the slopes. Here are a few tips to make the most of your day.

8 tips for great spring skiing

1. Always wear sunscreen

Protect your skin from the stronger springtime sun with an adequate layer of sunscreen on any exposed skin. And since you are moving around and sweating as you ski, don’t forget to reapply every four hours.

2. Stay hydrated

This follows the same logic as applying sunscreen. The sun is out, so you will be warmer and sweating more. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

3. Wear goggles or sunglasses

The bright sun bouncing off the snow can be blinding. Protect your eyes with tinted goggles or athletic sunglasses.

4. Wear a lighter coat

To avoid overheating, try a fleece or a waterproof jacket with lots of ventilation pockets.

5. Tune-up your skis

Spring snow can be unpredictable. It can be slushy, icy or perfect powder. In the spring it's best to plan for the unexpected. Get your skis freshly waxed (look for a warmer temperature wax) and sharpened.

6. Plan your day

In the spring, cold mornings can leave the hill super icy. And by late afternoon, the hill has turned into a slip and slide. To get the best runs in, plan a shorter mid-day ski.

7. Adjust your ski stance

Since the snow can be unpredictable, it's better if you keep a lower centre of gravity to help keep your balance. Lower your knees more than usual and keep your body centred over your skis.

8. Slice through the snow

A lot of people think the best way to ski through slushy snow is to push their way through, but that can be really draining. Instead, use your skis like knives. Tip them up slightly and let them slice their way through the slush.

Spring skiing conditions can be challenging, especially if you're new to the sport. To conquer spring skiing and make the most of your day on the slopes, be sure to be prepared.

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