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Travel Tips for Skiing in the US

There are many great resorts in the US for any level of skier. If you don’t have a lot of experience with long-distance ski trip in the US, there are some things you’ll want to know before you get ready to leave. Of course, if you’re coming to the US from outside the country, you’ll want to check on the entry requirements and make sure you have everything in order. Some of the other tips you need to know also depend on the details of your trip.

A person without the use of his legs learning ...

A person without the use of his legs learning to ski on a sit-ski, using two outriggers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traveling With Children

A lot of adults going on a ski trip with young children are naturally eager to introduce them to the sport, and many kids are just as excited to learn. Before you bring them out, though, make sure they want to go out in their snowsuits.

Dragging them along won’t help matters. Using toy plastic skis indoors is a good way to get them familiar with the idea of being on skis.

Very young children should probably stay in day care at the ski resort, although if you’re trying to entice them onto the slopes, they’ll benefit from going outside to watch some skiing, as well as from seeing the ski resort lifestyle as a whole.

If you intend to put a toddler or very young child on actual skis, it should only be for a few minutes, not much more than posing for a photo. Regular ski lessons should generally begin for children ages 3-6.

Safety Guidelines

When you’re out for a full day of skiing, you’ll need to remember to take care of yourself. This means starting with sunblock, drinking plenty of water to help prevent altitude sickness as well as dehydration, stopping to rest when necessary, and eating plenty of carbohydrates.

As for behavior on the slopes, remember that it’s always your responsibility to pay attention to your surroundings and avoid running into others while going downhill. Always yield when merging into a trail, and don’t stop or otherwise block the trail. Follow instructions from posted signs and warnings, and most importantly, you’ll need to make sure you have enough control to stop or go around people or obstacles.

Flying With Skis

Generally, if you’re bringing your skis on your flight, you’ll have to check them. Look closely at the details of your airline’s policy, including how they deal with lost or damaged sporting equipment. If you have a travel insurance policy, check on the details of that as well, to help make sure that they’ll cover problems that might arise.

Keeping all of these things in mind will help you to have a fun, successful trip at just about any US ski resort, whether you’re with your family, with friends or traveling alone.

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