Here are a few hints and some useful information to assist you in organizing your vacation to Winter Park, Colorado.
Planning Your Vacation
Get in shape to ski-do not ski to get in shape. Skiing is an exciting, vigorous winter sport. Always make an honest assessment of your physical and skiing abilities. The weather can change radically and rapidly, so plan to bring or buy goggles, sunglasses, sun protection, a helmet or hat and clothing that make it possible for you to dress in layers.
What to Wear
Helmet Usage: Winter Park Resort recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration, and obligation under Your Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.
No helmet can protect the wearer against all head injuries or prevent injury to the wearer's face, neck or spinal cord or body parts other than your head. Be aware that multiple head injuries, even if you wear a helmet, can cause life threatening injuries. Whether you use a helmet or not, always ski/ride responsibly and within your ability, and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
Layers of clothing are best. They can be added and removed in order to better regulate your body temperature.
Base Layers: long underwear, preferably, polyester or wool/poly blend; a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt, then sweater, fleece, or sweatshirt.
Socks: thin wool or poly socks for skiing or snowboarding, thick ones are too bulky, and don't keep your feet as warm.
Outer Layers: coat and pants or bibs should be warm, water resistant and comfortable; gloves or mittens, mittens are warmer if you tend to get cold hands; helmet or hat that covers your ears and stays on your head during physical activity (80% of heat is lost though your head); glasses or goggles; sunscreen and lip balm are important to use at high altitude.
High Altitude Tips
The base of the mountain lies 9,000 feet above sea level. The air is thinner and less oxygen is available. People coming from lower elevations may experience altitude sickness. This usually occurs within the first 48 hours. You may experience headaches, nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite. The best remedy is to take it easy your first day here: increase fluid intake, decrease salt, alcohol and caffeine intake, and select high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods. Be aware that high elevation can also accentuate existing health problems. If you have a respiratory or vascular illness, consult your physician before your trip. Seek medical assistance if problems persist or get worse.
The Colorado Legislature established as a matter of law that certain dangers and risks are inherent in the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and snowboarding and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing including: changing weather conditions, existing and changing snow conditions, bare spots, rocks, stumps, trees, collisions with natural objects, man-made objects or other skiers, variations in terrain, and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.
Colorado Law includes cliffs, jumps, extreme or freestyle terrain as inherent dangers and risks of skiing.
Skiing and riding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross-country or other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
Your Responsibility Code
Violations of the Colorado Ski Safety Act may result in fines up to $1000 and/or imprisonment.
On the Slopes
What to Do if You are in an Accident or See an Injury
Red parkas with white crosses identify Winter Park Resort's Ski Patrol. They can be contacted by using a mountain emergency phone (red box with white cross) or through a lift operator.
In case of injury:
Your Last Run of the Day
End the day on a positive note. Stop skiing with the first signs of fatigue. Use caution walking in buildings, on walkways and in parking lots. Melting and freezing, as well as water accumulation, can cause surfaces to become slippery.
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