Winter Park base area is 9000 feet and the top elevation exceeds 12000 feet.
That means thinner air and less oxygen per breath which could lead to altitude
sickness. symptoms include headaches, lightheadedness, fatigue, loss of
appetite and nausea. To minimize your risks, try
- drink lots of water
- avoid excessive alcohol
- avoid sleeping pills and cigarettes
If you develop the symptoms aspirin or ibuprofen are OK.
Prolonged exposure to cold and wind can reduce the body's temperature causing hypothermia. There are lots of factors that can lead you into this state: cold temperatures, improper clothing, getting wet, fatigue, alcohol, wind. You can avoid hypothermia if you follow common sense tips like
- layering properly,
- wearing waterproof and windproof shells,
- watching what you eat and drink
If you should develop uncontrolled shivering, head to the nearest shelter to warm up. Any Winter Park lift operator will be happy to share the warmth of their building in the interest of your safety.
The high altitudes and white snow of skiing result in much more ultraviolet radiation than visitors are accustomed to at lower elevations. A cloudless day can result in a nasty sunburn that might minimally make the remainder of a vacation uncomfortable and could even lead to skin cancer. Buy and use 30 SPF sun block. And don't forget you lips -- use 15 SPF block.
GROUP SKIING TIPS
Try two-way radio's.
Study your Trail Map.
Pick a meeting point.
SKIERS RESPONSIBILITY CODE
1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. Do not stop where you could obstruct the trail or are not visible from above
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, yield to others.
5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings
7. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas [note: the penalty for violation is fine up to $300 and jail up to 30 days]
8. Prior to using any lift, you must know how to load, ride, and unload safely.