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Winter Recreation Safety
Winter Recreation Safety
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safety and Preparation

Do not set out in extreme conditions without the materials you’ll need in case of getting lost or stranded! Contact park staff before your trip to ask about conditions and expected weather, and prepare for the worst! Consult a professional when purchasing or renting snowshoes and skis to make sure they are properly sized. Bring plenty of layers of clothes, navigation and communication tools, matches and extra provisions. 

Remember that snowshoers must share the trail with skiers and vice versa. 


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What to Bring:​

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Protection and safety: 

Remember that, although it’s cold, the sun’s rays are as powerful as in summer months; the snow’s reflectiveness and the altitude only amplify them!  Simple preparation can help you avoid a painful snowburn or snow blindness.

  • ​​Sunscreen and lip balm
  • ​Sunglasses or goggles listed as preventing snow blindness ​​​
  • Hat
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit​​

Layered Clothing: ​​​

With unpredictable conditions and strenuous activity, it’s hard to know what you’ll need! It’s best to opt for layers so that warmth and insulation levels are adjustable.

  • ​Snowshoes
  • Nordic/Cross-Country Skis​
  • Boots
  • Poles
  • ​Gloves 
  • Jacket(s)
  • Gaiter
  • Mittens
  • Insulation - wool or fleece layers
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Waterproof outer layer

Other Essentials

  • Water
  • Food (including an extra day’s supply in case)
  • Map and GPS
  • Extra flashlight batteries
  • Matches or lighter