First-Timers’ Guide to the Snow Season
Somehow, we managed to plan our snow weekend to coincide at the exact same time Eastern Australia’s getting hit by an Antarctic Vortex – the coldest snap the land of Oz has seen in years. While this means sub-zero temperatures, hail and all-around misery for everyone west of Sydney, it also means plenty of snow! Because that’s what blizzards bring, right?
So if the cold snap gets you feelin’ like heading to our Alpine regions for the snow season, but you’ve never been before – don’t worry, we’re expert snow newbs (it’s our third time!) so we know exactly what you need.
- Bring lip balm.
Sun + snow = pretty much like sitting at the beach in the middle of summer. Your lips will dry out, and you’ll probably get sunburnt too. So don’t forget sunscreen either.
- Layers, including head warmth and neck warmth.
Layers mean you can shed as the day gets warmer. A nifty neck warmer also keeps your face warm while sitting on freezing ski lifts for ten minutes at a time.
Also, long fluffy socks. Your boots get wet, and cold, so best way to keep the frostbite at bay is to keep those tootsies covered.
- Bring heat packs, massage balls and Deep Heat.
You’re going to be aching after the first day. Keep your muscles warm with heat packs, and massage the sore spots away to keep you nice and limber for the following day.
Optional: a butt donut. Your arse may hurt for a little while.
- Buy your ski clothes in the shoulder seasons.
If you have time to prep, buy your pants, jackets and gloves in April-May, and September-October. The best sales are on then. Otherwise, just hire your gear. The guys at ESS Boardstores are pretty awesome, and have shops on the Central Coast, Sydney and at Jindabyne.
- Spend at least two days at the snow.
If you’re brand-spanking new to skiing or snowboarding, you’ll be spending a lot of your first day falling over. Get the best value out of the trip, and spend at least two days there.
- Bring a backpack.
Bringing a backpack means you can pack water, spare batteries, cameras, mountain snacks and shed layers. Make sure it’s a waterproof one, or everything will get soaked
- When you fall off the chair lift, duck.
Trust us. It hurts.
- Save your head. Wear a helmet.
See point 7.
- The children will always be better than you.
Hate the children. Those damned little mini-adults are supernaturally good at it. Damn them.
With these handy tips, you’ll be a master of the slopes this snow season in no time!