Get in shape to ski — do not ski to get in shape. Skiing and riding are exciting, vigorous winter sports. Always make an honest assessment of your physical abilities.
The weather can change radically and rapidly, so plan to bring or buy goggles, sunglasses, sun protection, a hat and clothing that makes it possible for you to dress in layers. Multiple layers of clothing are best because layers can be added and removed in order to better regulate your body temperature.
Your base layer should be long underwear, preferably in a wool and polyester blend. The mid layer should be a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt. A fleece pullover or sweatshirt is ideal for the next layer. Outer layers can include a coat and pants and should be water resistant and comfortable. Socks should be a thin wool or poly blend for skiing or snowboarding. Thick socks are too bulky and don't keep your feet as warm. Gloves or mittens should also be worn. Mittens are generally warmer and are best if you tend to get cold hands. A good hat should cover your ears and stay on your head during physical activity (80% of heat is lost though your head). Don't forget glasses or goggles, sunscreen and lip balm, which all are important to use at high altitude.
The elevation ranges between 7,000 feet above sea level at the base to 10,000 feet at the top of Jupiter Peak. If you live at lower elevations you may experience altitude sickness, usually within the first 48 hours of your arrival. Symptoms include headache, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. The best prevention is acclimatization. Take it easy your first day here. Increase your fluids and decrease salt, alcohol and caffeine intake. Also, select high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods. Be aware that high elevation can also accentuate existing health problems. If you have a respiratory or vascular illness, consult your physician before your trip. You may ask for help from Mountain Patrol if you find symptoms worsening or persisting.
State of Utah Inherent Risk Law (See Utah Code Ann. Sec. 78-27-51 et. seq.) provides that as a "skier" you assume the risk of and accept the responsibility for injuries resulting from the inherent risks of skiing/riding, which include, but are not limited to:
Skiers include, among others, alpine/downhill skiers, nordic/cross-country skiers, telemarkers, mono-skiers and snowboarders.
All persons on or using any Park City Mountain Resort facilities, including spectators assume the risks set forth above as well as all risks which are inherent in this mountain environment.
Notice: If you cannot assume these risks and accept the Park City Mountain Resort policies and regulations described herein and posted at Park City Mountain Resort, please do not use this mountain resort or its lifts.
Contact Mountain Patrollers wearing red parkas with white crosses. They can be contacted by calling 435-547-5411 or through a lift attendant or other Team Members.
End the day on a positive note. Stop skiing or riding with the first signs of fatigue. Use caution walking in the buildings and parking lots. Melting and freezing, as well as water accumulation, can cause surfaces to become slippery.
Park City Mountain Resort
1345 Lowell Ave
PO Box 39
Park City, UT 84060
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