Should you recommend gloves or mittens for your group ski trip?

When you are planning a group ski trip, you will probably get a lot of questions from your group about what type of equipment is necessary. A common question is whether or not to choose gloves or mittens for a Colorado ski trip.

Gloves or mIttens

No doubt, cold fingers on a ski trip are enough to make you want to scrap the skis and head in for a cup of cocoa – just to hold that warm cup in your hands. So the question of gloves vs. mittens is a good one.

Gloves

The advantage of gloves is that you maintain some dexterity. With your gloves on, you can probably fish the lip balm out of your pocket tuck it back in. And if your gloves have fingertips made for a touch screen, you can even add a selfie to your Instagram while you ride the lift.

Unfortunately, gloves aren’t quite as warm as mittens.

Mittens

Mittens have the advantage of being warmer because the heat lost from each finger stays trapped amongst all its buddies.

But, when you need that lip balm, you will probably have to pull off your mitten, tuck it somewhere so it doesn’t float down to the ground 30 feet below the lift, fish out the balm, apply it, return it to your pocket, and put your mitten back on.

While you are doing that? You guessed it – your hand gets cold.

Glove Liners

Glove liners can be a solution that helps solve the problems with both gloves and mittens.

If you prefer gloves, a pair of glove liners made from quick-drying, high-insulating material can help keep your fingers warm.

If you prefer mittens, a pair of glove liners underneath can keep your fingers from freezing when you need to pull off your mitten to apply that lip balm or make a call.

Handwarmers

Handwarmers are little air-activated packets that generate heat for several hours. They tuck nicely into a pocket designed to hold them in your gloves or mittens and help keep your hands toasty all day.

Hint: you can use them for your toes, too.

The Bottom Line

If you are going to be skiing where the weather is relatively warm, say high 20’s, then gloves will probably be just fine. But as the expected temperature for your group ski trip drops, you may want to consider gloves with liners, then mittens, and add the handwarmers if it’s really cold.

Finally, remember to wear a good hat! Although it doesn’t seem related to your hands, much of your body heat is lost through our head, and a good hat will help keep your entire body warm, including your fingers.

Need more advice for planning your group ski trip to Colorado, New Mexico or Utah? Drop us a line at Ski Daddy. We would love to help!

Ski Mama Says…

Ski Mama Says - Groceries for your group ski trip

Leanne is the Mama over at Ski Daddy, and she has spent years mothering their ski groups. During this time, she has gathered some of her favorite tips and we’re going to share them right here in our blog feature, “Ski Mama Says.”

This week’s tip is a great one for organizing the food for your trip. Rather than buying the dry goods before leaving on your group ski trip and then finding a market at your resort for perishables like milk and eggs, you can do it in one beautifully organized fell swoop.

If you are traveling through Denver to your ski resort, just log on to the Sam’s Club Click’n’Pull website by 5 pm the day before you will be in Denver, and place your complete order from the store at 505 S Broadway Denver, CO 80209. When you hit Denver, roll on into the Sam’s Club and pick up your complete order before you make the final run to your resort.

Easy and convenient. That’s what Ski Mama Says.

Small Skiers, Big Fun: Making Your Ski Trip Fun for the Kids

Including kids in your group ski trip is not as hard as it might sound. In fact there are plenty of ways to make your ski trip fun for kids. Many ski resorts offer lessons, special events and other accommodations for kids, so with a little advance planning they can get as much from your ski vacation as any seasoned skier. Here are a few things to check into to make sure everyone on your trip has a good time, regardless of age.

Make your ski trip fun for kids

Ski Lessons for Kids

Once the children in your group hit 3 or 4 and are potty-trained, they can start taking lessons. Most resorts know how to ease the kids into it with short sessions on the snow mixed with some indoor fun with games and hot cocoa. Of course you can always take the kids out for a run with you, but it’s nice to know there are trained instructors who can make skiing fun for your kids while you are out there killing it on the double black diamonds. So before you go, check on lessons for the kids.

Childcare for Kids on Your Group Ski Trip

If your kids are too young to ski, many resorts offer childcare starting as young as two months. Again, this can give you a chance to really enjoy the slopes with peace of mind about what the little ones are up to, so check with the resorts you are interested into be sure they can accommodate your tiny group  members.

Breaks During Your Ski Vacation

Skiing is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work, particularly when you are 3 feet tall. Be sure to take an afternoon or two off from the slopes and try something different. For example, The Coca Cola Tubing Hill in Winter Park is great fun for all ages and gives everyone’s quads a rest. Take an afternoon off of the slopes, and you and the kids will be refreshed and ready to hit it hard the next morning.

Special Ski Resort Activities That Make Your Ski Trip Fun for Kids

Look for a resort that offers something special designed just for kids. For example, Copper Mountain offers a kids night out each week with movies, crafts, Wii and more. This might be more for the adults, but the kids don’t need to know that.

With just a little planning and research into what your resort offers, everyone in your group can have a fantastic time on your group ski vacation – especially the littles ones. And when you know the kids are having fun, it sure makes your vacation a stress-free and fun, too.

At Ski Daddy, we take pride in being familiar with the offerings of all the resorts we work with. If you have questions about activities for kids of any age in your group, please get in touch. We would love to help.

Ski Healthy: Prevent Altitude Sickness

A group ski trip is the perfect way to get away, participate in fun activities and bond with your group. The last thing you want is for members of your group to get sick from the high altitude. That’s not the kind of bonding you want!

According to the Antarctic Study of Altitude Physiology, or ASAP trial, 20% of people traveling to high altitudes up to 18,000 ft suffer symptoms of altitude sickness. Typically this can be characterized by headaches, nausea, and dizziness. It can occasionally be more serious. This study gives some helpful information on prevention and treatment of these unpleasant symptoms.

Prevent Altitude Sickness on Your Group Ski Trip

Stay Hydrated

When you are dehydrated you have more trouble acclimating to high altitudes. Begin hydrating several days before your trip by drinking 2-3 liters of water per day, and continue hydrating yourself while traveling and during your ski trip. Remember that caffeine and alcohol also contribute to dehydration so limit their consumption.

Stay Rested

A ski trip is exhausting! A day of fun on the slopes takes a lot of energy, so a good night’s rest can help restore your body’s ability to fight illness. Be sure to get plenty of rest before and during your trip.

Start Slowly

Give your body time to acclimate by easing into the high exertion sport of skiing. Take the first day easy, cruising slopes a little easier than you are capable of and taking a long lunch to rejuvenate. It’s better to take it slowly at first than not be able to ski at all because you’ve over done it out of the starting gate.

Use the Buddy System

Sometimes we don’t recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness in ourselves, but they are easier to notice in others. If you or your buddy develops headaches or nausea, take a break, hydrate and take some Tylenol. Shortness of breath or disorientation are signs of more serious, and thankfully more unusual, consequences of altitude sickness. Should someone in your group develop these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention and assistance in descending the mountain.

When in doubt, it is always best to seek medical attention. Mountain clinics are staffed with practitioners experienced with altitude sickness in all its forms and can give the best advice on treatment options.

Only 1 in 5 people develop altitude sickness at altitudes under 18,000 feet, and the symptoms are usually mild and temporary, though more serious issues can rarely develop. As with most things, the best treatment is prevention. A well-rested, well-hydrated skier who eases into the rigors of skiing is going to be best able to avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness and have a great ski trip, so be sure your group is aware of these straightforward methods of prevention.

Group Leaders: Tips for Maxing Out Your Trip Sign-Up on Day One

So you’ve decided to set up a ski trip for your group and it’s time to get ready for sign-ups. Getting the bulk of your sign-ups on the first day is one of the keys to keeping your trip-planning headache free. Over the years we’ve noticed some best practices emerge that help maximize sign-ups on the day they open.

Social media might drive us all a little crazy at times, but it’s a great tool, particularly if you are working with students.

Schedule Facebook posts on your group page in the weeks leading up to the opening of sign-up. This is a great place to promote the trip and add You Tube ski videos to get the group motivated. Like this one.

Use Instagram to post pictures to get the group pumped. Often a great picture can inspire people far more than words. You can use PicMonkey to customize them for your group like this:

max out your group ski trip sign-ups


Tweet teasers to the group. “What’s the worst spill you ever took on the slopes?” “Board or skis?” “Trees or groomers?” These will get your group talking and excited about the trip.

Recruit some of your group to record and post some Vines about the trip. Have fun with this. Get a little crazy. You know you want to.

If you are leading a church group, don’t forget to use your church bulletin so the parents are in the know, too. Teenagers can be notorious for forgetting to tell their parents critical information, amiright?

And while we are talking about parents, why not offer a “Book-by-this-date” discount to encourage early sign-ups? Money talks. Loudly.

Use your church or group’s website, maybe posting one of those snazzy pictures you made on PicMonkey for your Instagram posts.

Be sure to advertise the number of available spots, particularly if it is limited, and the release date in all of your promotions. And always link to your group’s Ski Daddy website so it will be easy for your group to know exactly where to go to sign up. A little promotion up front will save a lot of time later, and it’s a lot more fun than tracking down your group members to remind them right before the deadline.

If you need help with promoting your group ski trip or have other questions about organizing your group, get in touch with one of the great members of the team at Ski Daddy. This is what we do all day, everyday, and we can help make your trip, from planning to returning home, smooth and headache-free.

Do you have any great ideas for promoting your group ski trip? What has worked for you in the past? Leave a comment and let us know – there are other group leaders out there who could benefit from your experience.