Prepare A First Aid Kit for Your Group Ski Trip

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As you plan your group ski trip, you can be sure that with enough people participating in strenuous physical activities all day, every day, there will be some bumps and bruises.

Your ski resort will have everything you need to tend to an injured skier. However, it’s a good idea to arrive prepared with a ski trip first aid kit to handle the basics  – you don’t want to spend your time running back and forth to a drugstore. Listed below are a handful of items you might add to your first aid kit for your group ski trip:

  1. Pain/Fever Medication. Altitude induced headaches, twisted ankles, and unfortunately-timed respiratory infections make a good supply of ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) important to have on hand. Consider the ages of your skiers and bring the appropriate formulations.
  2. Various sizes of bandaids. Be prepared for scrapes and scratches of different sizes.
  3. Antibiotic ointment. When everything is so bundled up because of the cold, it creates a very cozy environment for bacteria. Clean wounds well and use antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  4. Ace Bandages. It’s easy to turn an ankle or knee on skis, and a wrap can support and compress the joint. Remember “RICE” – rest, ice, compression, elevation.
  5. Thermacare Wraps. For sore backs, injured knees or ankles, or just to use for warmth, these babies come in handy.
  6. Sunscreen. Everyone knows it and almost everyone forgets it – the sun can do its dirty work a lot fast at higher altitudes with the assistance of the snow’s reflective surface. Be sure your crew’s faces are protected.
  7. Lip balm with sunscreen. See above. Grab a multipack and throw it in your kit for your skiers who forget. Chapped, burned, peeling lips are simply miserable.
  8. Blister Treatment Pads. Your ski outfitter will do an amazing job of getting your group fitted properly for boots, but not everything can be predicted. A properly placed blister pad can save the day.

When in doubt, take your skier to a doctor at your resort, but for minor aches and pains, these items will make caring for your group a lot easier. With any luck you won’t need them.

Three Ways to Keep Your Group Safe on Your Ski Vacation

A group ski trip to Colorado, New Mexico, or Utah can be an amazing opportunity for fun and bonding among the group. But to be sure that the trip is filled with plenty of oohs and ahs, and not so many uh-ohs, as the group leader you want to be sure that your group follows some basic safety procedures.

Group Ski Trip Safety

First, use the buddy system to maximize group ski trip safety.

It is always safest to ski with at least one other person. Ski resorts get crowded, particularly during peak times, but you can occasionally find yourself feeling a bit alone. The buddy system insures that if someone gets hurt, they have a back up. The buddies can also keep an eye on each other for signs of altitude sickness.

Within any group of skiers, there will be a variety of skill levels. These skill levels will fall on the spectrum from attacking the black diamonds with gusto to needing a few beginner lessons. So do your best to match up buddies based on skill level. This way no one will be left behind or, worse, feel the need to push their skill level in order to keep up.

Buddies can ski together on appropriate level slopes for their ability, and the whole group can meet up at a designated spot for lunch or apres ski to review the best runs of the day.

Second, make sure everyone has a map on them.

In case of injury on the slopes, the buddy can precisely mark the location of the injured person on their map and hand it off to someone to give to the ski patrol, or if no one else is around, go get ski patrol themselves. Phones are great to use in this case, but sometimes reception can be iffy. (And remind your group to keep phones somewhere water can’t penetrate, like in a ziploc inside a zippered pocket.)

Third, make sure all the skiers in your group are familiar with the Skier’s Responsibility Code.

Skiers who follow this code are safer and keep those around them safer. Some of the items may seem like common sense, but when you are learning a new skill, cold, looking for your friends, or turned around on the slopes, it can be easy to forget. A quick reminder of the rules of the snow road can make a big impact on your group ski trip safety.

Would you like to get a little more information about a group ski trip? Ski Daddy plans group ski trips for small and large groups to Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Go ahead and contact them for a little more information.

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.