Dressing properly can make the difference between an epic ski/snowboard day and a not-so-epic one. The secret is to dress in layers. Many of the basic items for starting out may be right in your closet. Here are some simple guidelines to help ensure your comfort on the slopes.
Thermal underwear and "low to medium" cushion socks will help keep you warm and dry by pulling moisture away from your skin. Look for wool, silk, and synthetic technical fabrics with ‘wicking' technologies. Avoid cotton; it holds moisture next to your skin making you feel cold.
Fleece shirts, flannels, turtlenecks, vests and sweaters are viable options. Neck gaiters, balaclavas and fleece pants are great additions on cold days. These should be just big enough to wear above your base layer, but should not be baggy. On colder days, you can double up your insulation layer (you can shed it). Lean towards wool, wool blends or synthetic fabrics.
The goal is to keep wind and snow out and warmth in with waterproof jackets, pants and gloves or mittens. Be sure sleeves are long enough and that you have sufficient overlap between your jacket and pants - so snow doesn’t creep in. Top it off with a helmet or hat and a proper pair of goggles (sunglasses are not ideal on colder days). A layer of sunscreen can protect exposed skin from the elements.
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What do the signs mean?
Circles, squares, and diamonds designate the degree of difficulty of slopes and trails at a ski resort. True beginners should stick with circles. You will have WAY more fun if you progress incrementally. More experienced skiers and snowboarders should also pay attention to designations. Here is a quick explanation of how the trail signs are determined.
|More difficult trails|
Most difficult trails
Pick up a trail map at the ticket window to find out how trails are ranked. Signage on each trail also will include the designation. Trying the easiest slopes first gives you a good feel for how our trails are ranked. Especially for beginners, easiest designations offer a chance to warm up and determine the relative degree of difficulty on the mountain.
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Granby Ranch is located just 90 minutes from Denver, Colorado and 20 minutes from Winter Park and the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get directions, then visit us to start planning!