As 2017 draws to a close, we're looking ahead to 2018 and making some snow related resolutions. We're skipping the gym memberships and opting to ski and snowboard more, explore more, and improve the experience. Looking for some simple resolutions to fall back on? Here are a few to get you started:
1. Take an avalanche safety class.
These courses teach you the essential information that will help you stay safe in-bounds and in the backcountry. It’s an absolute must if you're touring outside of the patrolled boundaries, but still highly recommended knowledge for the in-bounds skier.
2. Schedule a bootfitting.
If you haven’t already had a proper boot fit, there’s no time like the present. It might take a while to get it right, but you will most definitely ski better and be more comfortable from then on out. And as a nice little bonus, this is a one-time investment in a New Year’s resolutions and you can reap the benefits all season long.
3. Wax your skis regularly.
Not only will your skis go faster, they will last longer too. P-tex will dry out and deteriorate if not properly hydrated with regular applications of wax. It gets dry, it gets slow, it gets wrecked. Take care of your skis this year and you’ll thank yourself at the end of 2018.
4. Wear sunscreen.
Sunscreen in the winter? Absolutely. Even though the days are shorter and the air is colder, exposure to the sun is still harmful to your skin over time. Not to mention the reflection of those rays off the snow. Lather up or cover up exposed areas before heading out; you'll be thankful you did.
It might be asking a lot of yourself to commit to one hour of yoga every day for the coming year, but at the very least, commit to a wee stretch before and after skiing. It’s easy to forget to limber up when there are 25 cm of fresh snow on the ground, but a bit of stretching goes a long way. Plus, it's never too late to start incorporating some physio-approved movements into your day-to-day.
6. Buy quality, not quantity.
We do realize that it’s a bit strange to suggest that you to buy less given that we make our living selling ski gear, but this is a lesson we have learned time and again. We don't want to sell you something you're not completely satisfied with. The perfect jacket is better than ten mediocre jackets. The perfect skis are more fun, the perfect boots are more comfortable, the better goggles won’t fog…the list goes on. Don’t collect useless ski gear; invest in ways to have more fun.
7. Ski somewhere new.
Whether it’s exploring the trees you never investigate or making a trip to a new ski area, it’s always exciting to ski new terrain. Maybe this year is the time to pack your gear up and take that trip you've been dreaming of.
What are your snow related resolutions?