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Winter Tips


  • Observe trail signs.
  • Plan your route – choose trails appropriate to your ability and fitness.
  • Descending skiers have the right-of-way.
  • Pass oncoming people to the right.
  • Don’t obstruct the trail. If you fall, move off the trail quickly and step off the trail during breaks.
  • Don’t walk on the trails without skis or snowshoes – footprints ruin the groomed trails.

Winter tips

  • Care for your feet. Avoid blisters and cold feet – wear well-fitting, waterproof boots. Avoid too many layers of socks, which can impede circulation.
  • Watch the weather. Temperatures drop quickly after sunset. Be aware of the wind chill factor.
  • Dress for winter. Wear layers that can be added or removed –a base layer to wick moisture from your body; a warm middle layer; and an outer layer that is wind and water resistant.
  • Carry a daypack. Include a space blanket, first aid kit, matches, pocketknife, whistle, map, extra clothing, and water.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Know where you're going. Study the map and determine a route. Landmarks can be deceiving. If you get lost, stay on the trail, if possible, or follow a stream downhill to a road. After dark, seek shelter and stay put.
  • Avoid skiing alone
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