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3 tips to get your early season skiing/riding up to par

3 tips to help you maximize your early season skiing/riding
3 tips to help you maximize your early season skiing/riding
Kevin Jordan

Loveland Ski Area, A-Basin, Copper, Breckenridge, and Keystone are open for the 2013-2014 season. More resorts and areas will be coming online shortly, in the next week or over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here are three tips that can help improve your early season skiing/riding.

  • Ski/Ride mid-week. With limited terrain open at many of these resorts, although the conditions are awesome, the amount of crowds and traffic will be busier on the weekends than mid-week. If you can play hooky mid-week and plan it around a powder day, you will maximize your early season skiing/riding.
  • Start early and have a late lunch. Most people will go in for lunch from 12-1 pm. Start early when the lifts open and have a mid-morning snack. Then as people go in for lunch, stay out and enjoy a little less crowds for a while. Come in and have a late lunch while actually being able to find a table to sit at. This is a win-win. You avoid the lunch crowds and still have lunch while other people are out skiing.
  • Stay to the sides of the trails. Early season, there are always many race teams and people skiing/riding on limited terrain selections. Keep your turns more down the hill than across the hill and you reduce the risk of being hit by someone. While the Responsibility Code still applies here that the downhill skier/rider has the right-of-way, minimize the amount of time you spend going across the hill and maximize the amount of time you spend going down the hill.

Ski season has begun! Follow these simple tips so you have a safe early season and can enjoy the entire season. See you on the slopes!