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Health Watch in the Cold

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Health Watch
... Snow play

Staying Warm...  While playing in the snow can be lots of fun--getting cold and wet is not; this can even lead to hypothermia (see below).
    Dress the kids for winter weather: insulated underwear; water-resistant, bibbed overalls; turtleneck sweaters; water-resistant, below-temperatures ski jackets; wool ski hats; neck cuffs for pulling up over the mouth; water-resistant gloves/mittens; wool socks; and, water-resistant, lined boots. Pack extra socks, gloves/mittens, hats and dry warm clothes for after play.

Block the Sun... The sun’s rays can be intense reflecting off the white snow--even more so high atop the mountain. Protect your skin with plenty of sunblock and don’t forget the lip block.   
    Protect eyes with UV approved sun glasses or ski goggles; you can find them in kid’s sizes too.

Hot Chocolate Break... Stop for hot chocolate or hot apple cider, pack a picnic, or meet in the ski lodge.  This provides the kids with rest, an energy snack and a good warm-up before more snow play.  Also, take this time to check the kids’ clothes for dampness.

Hypothermia... Early stages of hypothermia appear as intense shivering, fatigue, poor coordination, difficulty in speaking, and sluggish thinking. Immediately get the person into a warm environment, add extra clothing, and provide hot drink.  Advanced stages of hypothermia require proper medical treatment.


Where is Alyx?

Alyx is near the 10,677-ft elevation of this Ski Resort offering awesome views and super ski slopes. Where is she? Click here to find out.

Tips, Tricks & Tactics

Camping the Great Outdoors
...ideas to consider

   "Since that first camping trip, all of our trips have been only partially planned, with itineraries set more as ideas than as fixed schedules.  We usually take each day one at a time, and do whatever feels right for that particular day.  Slowing down to smell the roses has never been so sweet as when we travel with our two kids!"  -- David, Westminster, MD

 Take it from David, there's a time to plan and a time to take one day at a time.


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