Clear blue skies and the sun shining down on glistening fresh snow as far as the eye can see – that is how many skiers would describe the perfect day for skiing. However, Mother Nature can be very unpredictable and it often happens that snow starts falling while you’re on the lift or the pistes. What do you do then? Do you race back to the lodge or do you go on with your plans? Is it possible or even safe to go skiing while snowing?
The short answer is – yes, you can still go ahead and race down the piste even with the snow falling overhead. Skiing in snow can be a very magical experience as flakes gently drop covering the tracks left by earlier skiers leaving you with fresh powder to run on. However, there are certain things that you need to consider before you go.
The very first thing you need to think about should you decide to go skiing while snowing is safety. This is especially true if you’re skiing with your kids. There are also several things you’ll have to consider concerning safely skiing while snowing.
First, you’ll need to make sure that it is just a light snowfall. Keep an eye on the weather and check with the local weather forecasts for any warnings for blizzards or snowstorms. In winter the weather can turn rather quickly and those blue skies can immediately turn to gray in an instant. Only when you’re sure that you’re dealing with a light snowfall and nothing more should you go skiing.
Secondly, make sure that you wear the appropriate clothing when you go skiing while the snow is falling. The temperature can drop a few degrees lower during such times so you’ll want to wear something warm.
For starters, wear warm base layers for skiing. This will include undergarments, a long-sleeved top, and pants. When looking for base layers, take a close look at the materials they’re made from. More often than not, these will be natural fibers like Merino wool or synthetic fibers like polyester or even a combination of both. Each type of fiber has their pros and cons (for instance, wool is warmer but synthetic fibers have moisture-wicking capabilities) so you’ll want to do some research to find the best brand and features for you.
Aside from your base layers, you’ll also need a ski jacket and ski pants. This outerwear will help to prevent heat generated by your body from escaping and at the same time keep the cold winds from entering. There are ski jackets for kids and ski jackets for women which are specifically designed for kids’ and women’s body shape and requirements.
You’ll also need a good neck gaiter to keep the wind from entering through your neck. Be sure to choose the correct fit because the wrong size can feel very uncomfortable. The right fit would be something that is neither too loose that it leaves a wide opening for air to enter nor too tight that it chokes you. Neck gaiters also come with additional features like UV rays protection, antimicrobial properties, and others.
Protect Your Extremities
It is generally accepted that much of the heat generated by your body can escape through your extremities, which is why you’ll want to protect your hands and feet during cold weathers.
To protect your hands and fingers, be sure to wear a warm pair of ski gloves. Your ski gloves should fit you perfectly because an ill-fitting glove will have a negative impact on your hands’ and fingers’ dexterity. It will also be very uncomfortable and will make you want to take them off. Again, there are ski gloves for kids and ski gloves for women. Avoid making them use ski gloves designed for men since this will certainly be too big for them.
As for your feet, a good pair of ski socks should help to keep them warm. Ski socks are different from your ordinary socks. They have certain features that you won’t find in your everyday socks. For instance, ski socks will have paddings on the heels and the area of the ball to ensure comfort while skiing. Some ski socks even have shin paddings to prevent your shins from rubbing against your ski boots. Ski boots do have paddings inside, but using ski socks with shin paddings can help to provide additional protection and enhance your comfort as well.
Wear the Right Skiing Goggles
Wearing the right pair of ski goggles is also important. They protect your eyes from injury by preventing flying snow and other debris from getting into your eyes. They even protect your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays from the sun.
But you’ll want to make sure that your ski goggles or their lenses are suitable for the lighting conditions. When the snow falls, the sky is generally darker than usual and lighting conditions aren’t that good. This is what they call flat light, a condition when the sun’s light is diffused by the dark clouds thus making everything appear less bright. This will make the terrain look like a white canvass with no depth of field and everything just seems to blend. This can be pretty dangerous as it will make it more difficult for you to spot obstacles in the track and avoid them.
That said, most skiers agree that during flat light would be those that offer the greatest amount of contrast and enhanced visible light transmissions. For instance, brighter lens colors like pink or yellow appear to be the best choice since they provide the best contrast during flat light conditions. Consider looking for lenses with flat light technology that exaggerate the details of the terrain and thus make it easier for you to see where you’re going.
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Don’t let a light snowfall ruin your day at the piste. It is possible to go skiing while snowing, though you’ll have to keep the tips mentioned above in mind every time you head out. Skiing under clear blue skies already has its own set of risks and hazards, and skiing with the snow falling can add to these dangers and even bring their own. In any case, skiing in the snow (safely, of course) with the snowflakes falling is a great experience and one that you should try at least once. For sure you’ll find the whole experience magical and enjoyable, and who knows you may even find that you enjoy it so much you’ll want to make a habit out of it.
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