Take Homes From skiing British Columbia: (and a few other things I should have remembered seeing as I grew up in a mountain town and have a mother who was a coach and an Olympic Qualifier…)
- Drink water every chance you get.
- Always, always, pack a tube of chapstick with sunscreen, moleskin, and blister specific bandaids. Windburned lips and the yearly boot break-in period are brutal.
- Layering breathable pieces with vents is key to building warmth and preventing cold sweat during hiking.
- Carry a sun lens and lowlight lens with you on stormy days and in areas with inversion conditions. Getting stuck on the mountain in flat light with sun lenses is horrible.
- When in doubt ski an all-mountain ski. (As much as I love my 175” Armada VJJ’s, I sadly am not the strong skier I once was when I lived in the mountains and put up 100+ days a year. Riding a big powder ski with lots of rocker on ice and crusty conditions drains your leg strength very quickly.)
- Ski conditioning > running on the treadmill and cardio.
- Protein for breakfast and following a long day on the hill is essential to muscle recovery.
- Heels ruin your feet.
- Desk jobs in the city are not conducive to growing your professional ski career. ;)