Times of Oman - - LIFESTYLE -

If you are travelling afar to hit the slopes to en­joy a day of sled­ding and snow ball fights, it’s im­por­tant to keep in mind that out­door ad­ven­ture in cooler weather re­quires prepa­ra­tion. Here are five tips to help you en­joy the sea­son.

1. Dress for warmth

Go­ing on a ski week­end? Ice skat­ing? To avoid ex­po­sure, en­sure your clothes and ac­ces­sories will stand up to the el­e­ments. They should be water­proof, wind­proof and durable, for max­imise com­fort, warmth and safety.

2. Use tech tools

Stay in­formed with wear­able tech­nol­ogy, such as the WSD-F30 Pro Trek Smart Out­door Watch from Ca­sio, which in­cludes a com­pass, barom­e­ter and al­time­ter for out­door ad­ven­tures. The smart out­door watch of­fers wear­ers the per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion needed for a safe and happy day of out­door sports and ad­ven­ture, in­clud­ing sun­rise and sun­set times. Apps such as Ski Tracks (which records your day on the slopes) are de­signed specif­i­cally for win­ter sports.

3. Stay healthy

Just be­cause the tem­per­a­ture is colder doesn’t mean you should skip on the im­por­tant things you do to stay healthy at other times of the year. For ex­am­ple, drink­ing wa­ter and stay­ing hy­drated is im­por­tant when­ever you are phys­i­cally ac­tive. And while the days may be shorter, the sun can still be quite pow­er­ful, so keep us­ing SPF on any ex­posed skin, and wear eye pro­tec­tion such as sun­glasses de­signed for sports or gog­gles.

4. Con­sider rent­ing

Be­fore in­vest­ing in ex­pen­sive, space-con­sum­ing equip­ment up­front, con­sider whether it’s more worth­while to rent or buy these items. Fac­tor in such de­tails as how much use you will get out of the equip­ment each win­ter, the lo­ca­tion of your up­com­ing trips, how you are get­ting there and how much stor­age space you have at home.

5. Pri­ori­tise safety

Win­ter sports can be a lot fun, par­tic­u­larly when ev­ery­one stays safe and in­jury-free. En­sure that ev­ery­one in your fam­ily is prop­erly fit­ted for safety equip­ment. For chil­dren, siz­ing may change year to year. Lis­ten to the ad­vice of any in­struc­tors you work with and al­ways fol­low the di­rec­tions and safety rules at the fa­cil­ity.

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