Thursday, April 7, 2011

Advice to "Winter sports"



If I'm not talking about winter now, I never will! My gut tells me that you will probably not be long before you fly to the snow. Allow me to go to my tips "winter sports".

Get fit

If you do not play sports during the year, you might be you "train" a little. I'm not talking about intense training at the Rocky Balboa, but walking or even climbing stairs can help you prepare. Even if you do not ski, it will always be better than nothing, especially since you will also need to adapt to the altitude. Talk about being in shape!

Normally, below 2000 meters, that's fine. But beyond that, you might feel a bit "in the polish" (headache, fatigue, poor appetite). During the first few days, avoid too large differences in altitude. Go easy, do not make intensive efforts during the first 48 hours. Take your mark, take a walk or start with easy runs, taking breaks, and everything will be on skis!

Addition to cold!

Even if the sun is sometimes very present in the mountains, there is still cold. There would be no snow, if so ... Dress accordingly. The ski suits are designed to make you feel good because they maintain a constant body temperature (do not ask me how!). The heat inside and cold outside!

If you ski, you may fall, unless you're a pro at the Alberto Tomba (which itself never falls, as its name does not indicate). Avoid cotton clothing because they stay wet ...
To avoid dehydration due to stress and cold, drink water regularly and abundantly.

And the sun

On snow, the reflection of sunlight is considerable, do not forget. The altitude also increases the UV radiation, even if the sun is not visible. It is therefore essential to protect itself, particularly the face. Ideally, you should apply a sunscreen for your skin type and renew every two hours.

Your skin protected, you must now think of your beautiful eyes ... Your pair of sunglasses will be your best friend. Take it anywhere with you because ultraviolet rays are not there to laugh, especially at altitude.

Prevent accidents

On the slopes, signs will be very useful. They will shed light on the difficulty of trails and their condition. Carefully choose your track:

* Green Track: For beginners. This is where you'll find me ...
* Track Blue: Medium
* Red: for skiers
* Black Track: For very good skiers. This is where you'll find Alberto Tomba.

And above all, watch out for other skiers and ... the firs. Control your speed and anticipate your tracks if you can ...

We repeat constantly, the backcountry is strictly discouraged, especially if you intend to do it alone (e). Listen to the advice of instructors, mountain guides and others who will inform you about the dangerous nature of off-piste (avalanches, accidents, yetis, etc..).
Not sure where your next destination "snow"?

Some tracks (ski):

* France: Chamonix and Three Valleys, Val d'Izere
* Switzerland: Jungfrau, Verbier, Zermatt
* Italy: Cortina d'Ampezzo
* Austria: Innsbruck, 5 Glacier in Tirol, Arlberg, Kitzbühel
* Canada: Mont-Tremblant (Quebec), the Rockies
* United States: Aspen (Colorado), Stowe (Vermont)

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