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Here are some common sense things you should already know about skiing and boarding.

Get in Shape
You'll enjoy riding on snow if you are physically fit. You'll have more fun if you not try to ski yourself into shape. Check out how to get started here.
Proper Equipment
The latest skis and boards are designed for your safety and ease of use. Buy or rent equipment that matches your ability.

Don't borrow those old straight skis or boards from your friends. The new shaped skis and boards are so much easier and safer to use.

Equipment Care Have your bindings checked every year at the beginning of the season. Make sure your skis/boards are properly edged and waxed throughout the season. To protect your skis, have them waxed at the end of the season
Take a Lesson
The best way to learn to ski or board is to take a lesson from a certified ski instructor. Do not rely on friends or relatives to teach you.

If you haven't riden in a while, a lesson is the best way to get you back on track.

If you've always wanted to learn to ski powder, bumps or steeps, a lesson is the best way to improve.

Dress in Layers
Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature due to exercise and the weather. Underware [top and bottoms] should be polypropylene which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Layer your top with a turtleneck, sweater or vest, and jacket. More information available here.
Drink Lots of Water
Altitude and exercise depletes your body's supply of water. Alcohol can further reduce your water. Be careful not to become dehydrated and drink lots of water.
Staying Warm
More than 60% or your heat-loss is through your head. A helmet, hat or headband will help retain your heat.

If you have cold hands, wear mittens with glove liners. Tuck a heat pack or two in your pocket.

Wear Sun Screen
Even on cloudy days in the middle of winter, the sun reflects off the snow and is much stronger than you think. You should wear sun screen every day and reapply as necessary. Learn more about sunscreens here.
Protect your Eyes
The sun is extremely bright in the snow. Wear sunglasses [preferably those that fit close to the face] or goggles every time you are outside. Just as your skin can burn so can your eyes.
When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort to keep the wind out. Be sure to buy quality clothing products.
Know your Limits
Listen to your body. Stop before you become tired. Don't let your friends take you on slopes that are above your ability. Ski/Board on slopes that met your ability. Ski/Board with a buddy. Have Fun!!

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