Snow season is in full swing, and California ski resorts from the High Sierra to the San Bernardino Mountains are buzzing. Part of prepping for any good trip to play in the snow involves gathering the right gear—and brushing up on smart winter sports protocol. January 25 is Ski California Safety Day, and the organization’s site has offered up plenty of good guidelines to make sure you’re prepared.
“The industry carefully develops safety measures,“ according to the Ski California site, “by using the vast experience of safety professionals, history, and forethought.”
You can tap into that wisdom by checking out its video for first-time skiers and snowboarders, and its Mountain Safety Guide, which offers guidelines on before-your-trip prep, along with important tips on good lift protocol, deep snow safety, and being mindful of potential avalanche situations.
After an appropriate amount of prep, you can fully focus on playing in the snow. Check out the recent California Now Podcast episode, in which host Soterios Johnson chats with Ski California’s Mike Reitzel about the best places to ski, board, and play in the snow in the Golden State—including Mount Shasta, Lake Tahoe, and Big Bear. Then, a veteran ski instructor shares tips on how to get your kids (or yourself) into skiing for the first time.
The podcast also features Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, who is proof that there’s always something new to learn in the snow: He describes his recent video series adventures on a Snow Moto and longboard skis.