Plan your trip to the snow

Winter may be finally here with 'Game of Thrones', but there's no better way to experience it than taking a trip to the ski fields.

Snow getaways need more planning and coordination than most holidays, so use your Optus nbn connection to get ready in advance and organise everything.

Accommodation

Ensure you book accommodation that suits your budget and needs. Taking the family? Make sure you book child friendly accommodation. After something a little more romantic? There's a variety of options to choose from including hotels, lodges, and self-contained apartments that cater for every budget. Try booking for a mid-week stay, it may work out to be cheaper.

Prepare your body

Once you've decided to lock in your trip, it's important to start doing some exercises to work the muscle groups used during skiing or snowboarding.

Include a few exercises targeting your core, legs and balance to your workouts. Helps cut down fatigue on the slopes and will help prevent sore muscles. Don't forget to stretch before and after each day of snow activities.

Equipment hire and clothing

Ideally you want to arrive at the snow warm and ready. So it's best to get your inner and outer layers prior to your trip and then hire your equipment when you get there. Remember wearing a few thin layers of clothing containing wool will help insulate you against the cold.

If you don't have your own windproof and waterproof outer clothing, then make arrangements to hire them before you reach the snow.

Make sure you have gloves and don't forget a woollen hat so that you minimise body heat loss.

Buy lift passes online

If you do a little research, there are plenty of amazing deals online. Remember to purchase at least seven days in advance.

Driving?

It's good to be prepared to make sure your tyres are in good condition and have snow chains ready in the boot. Practice fitting the chains at home so that you're familiar with how to do it beforehand.

Get your car ready

Check your tyres, lights, wipers, and washers to make sure everything is in good working order. Check to see if you have the right mix of coolant in your engine so that it can cope with the cold. Don’t forget to also ensure your wipers have anti-freeze so they don't freeze.

Protect your skin from the weather

We all make the mistake of thinking we won't get sunburnt when it's overcast or foggy. Snow can in fact reflect UV radiation so you have an increased risk of sunburn. Use a sunscreen and lip balm with a SPF rating of 30+ and wear sunnies or goggles to protect your eyes.

Hydrate and fuel your body

Don't wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink. Carry water or sports drink with you while you're on the slopes. The cold weather and altitude can cause dehydration. Keeping hydrated will also help prevent muscle damage and will help keep you on the slopes for longer.

You may be tempted by après-skiing, but tread carefully. Alcohol consumption can lead to fluid loss and dehydration as it is a diuretic.

Fuel your body prior to hitting the ski fields with carbohydrate rich meals and snacks such as toast, porridge with fruit or a smoothie.

Monitor conditions

Keep an eye on weather forecasts across all Australian states via the Bureau of Meteorology. You can also check out lifts by having a look at live snow cam feeds at various resorts such as Perisher and Mount Buller.

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