Mid-January can be the coldest time of the year, especially living at high altitude. Hopefully, your property with Key to the Rockies has a hot tub and a cozy fireplace, but that still wont help your frozen tootsies on the hill. Staying warm can make or break your day, so be smart and stay warm!
- make sure your socks are dry and made for skiing
- buy boot heaters if your budget allows
- loosen your boot buckles in the lift-line (youll see locals do it every run)
- break often for cocoa and warm your feet
- wear a balaclava under your helmet
- make sure you have an extra, dry neck gator stuffed in your pocket
- wear long underwear and lots of layers
- think warm thoughts (seriously)
- pack a thermos of hot soup
- stay hydrated
- ski hard
- watch for frostbite (cheeks/now will turn light white) and go inside
- if a friend is slurring words and not drunk, they are likely hypothermic and need to warm up immediately
Its a dangerous business. Stay warm.
At the end of the day, kick back and relax under a fuzzy, fleece blanket. If you do venture outside, wear mittens, a hat and warm boots. The high country almost always dives below 0 once the sun is down, even if temperatures reached 40 during the day. Brrrrr. Beat the cold.