Tips to Help You Stay Warm on the Slopes

Posted On: January 11, 2024 |
As temperatures dip below our daytime average of -5°C, Big White Ski Resort wants to remind skiers, snowboarders and visitors about the importance of following certain precautions to stay warm, stay safe and keep having fun out on the slopes.

Although the blue skies might suggest otherwise, it's crucial to remember that conditions on the mountain can be much colder than in the Village, especially when riding a chair lift.

To stay informed about the most current mountain conditions, always check our daily snow report, weather forecast and lift status updates. To contact our Ski Patrol team for on-mountain emergencies from 8:00am - 5:00pm daily, please call 250-491-6160. For all other emergencies, please call 911.

Key Reminders for Cold Weather Safety:

  1. Respond to Cold Sensations: If you start feeling cold, take it seriously. Warm up with a hot beverage in one of our day lodges, and keep an eye out for frostbite signs in yourself and your companions.
  2. Understanding Frostbite: The first stage, known as frostnip, turns the skin red. It can often be remedied with an ungloved hand. However, frostbite, indicated by translucent, almost see-through skin, is a medical emergency requiring indoor treatment and should not be exposed to cold again afterwards. Seek medical advice immediately if frostbite is suspected.
  3. Dress in Layers: Essential for retaining heat. Start with thermal underwear to wick away sweat, add a fleece or puffy mid-layer for extra warmth, and top it off with a waterproof coat and snow pants to block the elements.
  4. Consult Experts for Gear: Visit our retail locations like Altitude, Rider, and Dizzy's for advice and to shop for high-quality ski and board gear designed for extreme weather.
  5. Cold Weather Essentials: Include Merino wool or synthetic thermal underwear, face and head protection (like a balaclava or neck tube), warm waterproof gloves or mittens, hand and toe warmers, and goggles (preferably over sunglasses) for windburn protection.

Additional Tips for Extreme Cold:

  1. Pee Before You Ski: This may sound humorous, but it's practical. Your body expends a lot of energy keeping urine warm; use that energy to keep your extremities warm instead.
  2. Invest in Heated Foot Ware: Especially if you have poor circulation, heated ski boots or socks can be a game-changer.
  3. Use Hand and Toe Warmers: Available at our retail stores; these can significantly enhance your comfort during chair lift rides. Ask our retail team about heated glove options.

In extreme cold, functionality and safety should always come before style. Staying warm and preventing frostbite is paramount to enjoying your time on the slopes. Stay warm and stay safe!

Please check out more information on Mountain Safety and the Alpine Responsibility Code. Have fun, and stay safe!


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