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Keep Your Kids Safe on the Slopes this Winter

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Getting your exercise in during the winter can be tough, especially if you’re someone who likes to be outdoors. The good news is skiing and snowboarding are fun and family-friendly cardio workouts. So pack your bags, bundle up and hit the slopes for your calorie-blasting wintry mix of vitamin D.

Avoid Stress

Make a packing list and stick to it, then triple check that you have everything. The last thing you want to do is forget someone’s hat, mittens, scarf or what-have-you because you’ll likely end up paying extra when you have to buy them at the ski lodge.

Reserve your skis before you leave for your trip. Not only will you avoid waiting in long lines, it also guarantees that all of your gear will be the right size. Nothing will ruin an experience like wearing ski boots that are a size too small. The more comfortable your kids are, the fewer complaints you will have to listen to.

Safety First

Go to Ski School. If this is the first time your kid has skied, there is a benefit to having a professional teach them exactly what to do. If your child doesn’t know what they’re doing, that’s a hazard not only to them but everyone else on the slopes. As a side note, no one is too old for lessons, especially first-time skiers – that includes you, mom and dad!

Know your limits and teach kids theirs. It’s important not to push yourself or your kids too much on a ski trip. Instead, this is a lesson on staying in control. Start out slow and stop before you or your kids get fatigued. This is important for your safety, their safety and the safety of those around you.

Protect and Fuel Up

Skiing is fun but it burns a lot of calories and exposes you to the elements. Be sure to dress and eat appropriately. When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Always wear sun protection, sunglasses and goggles. Make sure you and your kids are dressed in layers and everyone has a helmet, gloves or mittens, hand warmers, warm socks, snow boots and ski clothing.

Don’t forget about food. If you buy quick and easy items for breakfast – think bananas, oatmeal and energy bars – you’ll save money and you can beat the crowds and get out on the slopes sooner. It’s a good idea to bring snacks to keep your little ones going between meals and if possible, make dinner reservations to avoid sitting through wait times with hungry and tired children.

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