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7 tips for spring skiing

By From staff and wire reports, From staff and wire reports
Published: April 20, 2024, 5:45am

While Mount Hood Skibowl closed for the season last week, other Mount Hood resorts like Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline Lodge will keep skiing operations going to strong into May and beyond.

Also Washington, Crystal Mountain and White Pass will offer weekend skiing through the end of April.

Here are some tips to make the most of spring skiing:

1. Sleep in — Temperatures can drop somewhat drastically during the spring evenings, which can cause the snow to be a bit frozen in the early mornings. It’s usually better to wait until a little later in the day to hit the slopes during spring skiing. This means sometimes it’s best to sleep in — or get to the slopes early and grab a coffee, first.

2. Dress in layers — Light, shell jackets and pants or vests work great, and it’s even better if they have lots of zippers for ventilation. Spring weather can change rapidly, so make sure to bring some warmer layers, as well.

3. Ski with the sun — Pay attention to when and where the sun hits the slopes and ski them then. You’ll want to move on before the runs get too slushy, though.

4. Wear sunscreen — Although it can feel like sunscreen isn’t necessary under all that ski gear, it’s still important to wear sunscreen on any exposed skin. The higher altitude, reflection of snow ice, and UV radiation from the sun increase your chances of sunburn.

5. Be prepared for slushy conditions — Slushy conditions are inevitable when it comes to spring skiing, so make sure you’re ready for them. Ski with a wider stance. Slushy snow can be slower than other types of snow. Be patient and ski at a slower pace in order to stay in control. Making shorter, quicker turns will also help you maintain control and balance.

6. Wax your skis — Make sure your skis are ready for the spring and get them tuned. There are different types of ski wax for different conditions, so use the right kind. It will make it much easier to keep up speed and ski in the slushy snow. If you’re unsure what wax to use, talk to the staff at your local ski shop.

6. Watch for lack of coverage — While most resorts are reporting deep bases, be warned — as snow melts, dirt, rocks may show through, posing hazards. Ski with caution.

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