Mountain Checklist: Get up, Get ready and get in the zone
How do you prepare yourself for an awesome day on the mountain?
I learned many years ago that the best days on the mountain starts with good preparation. Following the weather patterns, terrain status, dialing in all the details and getting in the zone before you hit the slopes will keep you happy and set you up to make the most out of any situation. With this in mind, I decided to create a mountain checklist with all my favorite tips to get ready and explore your favorite spots. Customize these essentials to create your own routine, maximize your ski time and make the most of any day on the mountain.
Take a look at the weather and consider all the elements. Check the temperature, wind speed, visibility and snow conditions to fine-tune your layering system, choose the right google lenses and the right ski or board for the day. The weather is constantly changing in the mountains so keep close tabs on any shifts to adjust your gear accordingly. Remember that the temperature is often much colder as you gain elevation and if you plan on spending time above tree line add an extra layer and a face mask to protect yourself from the wind.
Mountain Cam & Snow Report
Check out the morning snow report and take a look at the live mountain cams too. This will give you a real time look at visibility and conditions. One of my favorite resources is the Snow Stake Cam with a 24 hour video feed. The time stamp makes it especially useful to figure out if most of the snow fell yesterday while the lifts were still turning or overnight. New snow is always good snow but understanding the report keeps you informed on what to expect when you show up to the mountain.
No one likes to start their day with a gear malfunction. Take a few minutes to set out your mountain essentials for the day with lots of layer options. I always do a head-to-toe scan to make sure I am not missing anything including my season pass! Take a good look at your skis, snowboard, bindings and boots to make su
re there are not any missing pieces or loose parts. Keep everything tuned up and tight to avoid adjustments once you hit the mountain.
Each day is unique on the mountain. The lower elevation terrain always opens first and the upper mountain lifts will open once ski patrol has finished up snow safety checks and inspections. Many of the lifts on peak 8 have signs at the top and bottom to keep you informed on the status of the T-Bar, Chair 6 and the Imperial Super Chair. If you want to get on steeper terrain first thing in the morning, check out peak 10 or peak 6.
Wake up early. Start the day with a healthy breakfast and lots of water to stay hydrated and energized all day long. Carve out 10-15 minutes for a short yoga practice or stretch session to improve mobility, reaction time and presence once you arrive at the mountain. Turn on your favorite song, or ski/snowboard movie to get in the zone and get excited to make the most of your time in the mountains. Run through your mountain checklist one more time before heading out the door for first chair and first tracks.