Nervous to try night skiing – well don’t be! Here’s a list of dos and don’ts that will work to ensure you get to maximize your time on the slopes well into the night!
Don’t end your day on the slopes when the sun goes down, instead visit a resort that offers night skiing and experience the thrill of skiing or boarding under the stars. Night skiing doesn’t have to be intimidating or scary, in fact it’s anything but, and by giving it a try you’re guaranteed to experience an entire different side to skiing that you might not have experienced before. There are a couple of do’s and don’ts that will not only ensure your safety as you tear down the slopes under the floodlights, but will also make sure your idiot-status is what it should be – non-existent – and that you have loads of fun!
Do make the most of reduced crowds
Whether you have to get home and feed kids, feel fatigued after a full day on the slopes, have tricky travel plans or are just plain lazy, the majority of skiers and boarders head home (or for a Après-ski session) when the sun goes down. What this means for night skiers is reduced crowds, wide-open runs and short lift lines. Plus there’s less terror of being run down by someone making their way for an Après-beer…
Don’t assume the weather’s going to be the same
It’s quite simple when you think about it, but when it gets dark so the temperature drops.
Look – unless there’s a storm it’s not going to get Arctic cold – but it’s still going to be fresher than a typical day out – so be sure to plan accordingly and wear the right gear.
Do appreciate the view
As a skier you’re used to incredible views, but now instead of the snowcapped mountains as far as the eye can see, your view will be dotted with sparkling, bright towns nestled in valleys and at the bottom of looming white runs! It’ll be a fresh perspective on something you’ve seen a million times, maybe even romantic, and will transform your skiing experience.
Pack the correct goggles
For the most you can double up your regular ski gear for day and night time use – but when it comes to goggles it’s worth your while to invest in a pair of clear or night lenses. If you hit the slopes with lenses designed to deflect bright sun off white snow in the darkness of night, you may find you have zero depth perception and minimal vision – which is never ideal when you’re traveling at high speeds down a hill.
Do double up on gloves and Buffs
Keep your face, head, feet and hands warm when you night ski, as these are the parts of your body that will feel the new, nighttime temps more than anywhere else. Wear mitten or glove liners, buy yourself a fleece Buff to pull around your face and wear slightly thicker socks to keep your extremities warm which will result in more time to tear up the slopes.
Don’t hit a Après-ski session before night skiing
If you finish a full day on the slopes and decide to celebrate with a few beers, then call it a night. It’s as simple as that. Drinking alcohol will limit your abilities, reaction time and put both you and fellow riders in danger. Drinking and skiing at night will up your idiot-status to dangerously high and in most cases, if caught, you will be banned from the resort.
Light up the slope
Despite floodlights lighting up the runs, it’s not a bad idea to make use of headlamps or wearable tech like Lumaglo’s LED belts and sashes. The 360-visibility design will illuminate you from every angle, while the multicolored LED lights that flicker in crazy patterns will certainly make you stand out. By being noticeable on the mountain you’re going to reduce your risk of being accidentally run over… probably by someone who forgot to pack their clear goggle lenses!
Do make sure you’ve had dinner
Don’t get caught up in the romance and allure of skiing at night so much that you forget you have to eat first! If you don’t have time, then be sure to pack some snack bars that will sustain you through your session. Also check at the resort to see what time the kitchens of the local restaurants close – so you can be sure to wrap up your session and make it down in time for a late-night bite.