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5 Tips for Your Family Ski Trip in Telluride

Written by Michele Richardson on February 18, 2012

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You might be already envisioning powdery runs and crackling fireplaces—as you should be—but here are a few tips to make sure you can enjoy your family vacation in Telluride to the fullest.

Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. When it’s cold and wintry outside, sun exposure might not be on your list of top concerns, but fresh snow can reflect up to 90 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Just make sure to prepare you and your family before heading out onto the slopes so you can safely enjoy Colorado’s sunny weather.

Rent ski gear instead of bringing your own. Unless you have premium ski equipment that you can’t wait to try out in the mountains, it’s probably best if you rent your snow gear once you get to Telluride. You’ll have a number of rental companies to choose from, and it will save you from lugging around extra bags while traveling.

Prevent altitude sickness. Sometimes people have a difficult time adjusting to the higher altitude of the mountains, and altitude sickness can include unpleasant symptoms like nausea, headache and dizziness. Your best defense against this is hydrating. Drink an abundance of water, and avoid things like caffeine and alcohol during your first day in Telluride.

Dress appropriately. If you’re cold on the mountain, it will be difficult enjoying your skiing experience. Make sure to dress your family in plenty of layers, and wear ski-appropriate (water repellant) attire. Instant hand warmers also can help keep fingers and toes toasty warm.

Don’t overdo it. This is probably common sense, but it’s especially true when you’re taking young children skiing. Being fatigued can increase your risk of injury, so if the little ones are complaining that they’re tired, it might be time to call it a day and enjoy the many other activities available in Telluride.