There’s plenty of common tips for planning a ski trip, such as pack warm clothes or look for accommodation early, but here are 2 useful tips that you probably haven’t been told:
1) Cut your toenails
If you’re planning on going snowboarding, you should cut your toenails and keep them short.
Why is this important?
Your toes are pushing against the front of your boot every time you make a toeside turn. That’s a lot of times during the course of a full day on the ski slopes.
If you have long toenails, this leads to nasty problems like ingrown toenails and even toenails falling off. I’ve had more than one housemate who has lost a toenail from snowboarding, so keep those toenails short.
2) Retro style shoes suck for ski resort apres
Retro Converse type shoes look sweet, but most of them SUCK for daily ski resort wear.
Why do retro shoes suck for ski resorts?
That oldschool Converse-like shoe style is insanely popular with shoe brands these days, but those shoes also have bad grip, let water in easily and are made of thin material that offers no insulation.
Now obviously not every single retro designed shoe is like this, but a large majority of them are, which means they’re going to suck for daily ski resort footwear.
That’s the price you pay for retro design. I have Converse All-Stars, but I never wear them in Whistler because I always ended up with my feet being cold and wet.
You’re basically walking through puddles, wet snow, slippery ice and cold weather every day at any ski resort. That’s why I stick to normal sneakers or skate shoes.
Or if you’re female, you’ll probably want to look at a pair of those DC chalet boots that I swear every girl at a ski resort owns:
Also, in other news, I’ll be on a short trip in Asia over the next 5 days, so if I’m slow to reply to comments or questions it’s because I won’t have a good internet connection.
Don’t worry though, I’ll still try to get the daily snowboard tip/blog up while I’m away.