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4 Tips for Staying Hydrated while Skiing, Snowboarding and more!
Staying Hydrated While Having Fun During Winter Sport Activities!
We recently spoke with CamelBak Athlete Sage Canaday about staying hydrated while he SkiMo cross trains in Boulder, CO on the snowy mountains! Below are his tips for hydration at elevation and how to winterize a current CamelBak hydration pack.
Let’s face it, as soon as you hit up the slopes to ski or snowboard this winter you’re all about maximizing fun! Curving turns in epic powder, flying down the mountains, and hanging out with friends are main highlights of participating in winter sports…as they should be! Or maybe you’re doing another winter sport like fat-tirebiking on snowy trails? In any case, with the change of seasons comes many different athletic activities that occur in much cooler environments compared to the heat of summer. However, just because you’re exercising on snow and ice in near freezing temperatures doesn’t mean that you should forget to frequently rehydrate for optimum health and performance!
If you want to keep performing at your best and if you want to stay healthy in general, it is essential that you keep your hydration levels in balance during these days on the mountains.
All too often, we are so busy with picking our line (or in my case trying not to fall!) and having a blast, that we sometimes might forget to drink. The purpose of this blog post is to remind you to drink!
Know How Much to Drink
So how much should you drink during winter sport activities exactly? Well, that depends on a lot of variables like clothing choice and whether or not it is sunny or cloudy out. Altitude and UV ray intensity can be another factor that can “dry you out.” Everyone is a bit different in that regard, but for a general reference point on how much fluid you might have to drink check out CamelBak’s Hydration Calculator.
The calculator takes into account variables like your activity type, the outside temperature, your body measurements, the color of your urine, and how hard you are exercising etc.
Have your water and gear easily accessible!
While individual hydration does depend a bit on the person (and how warmly you may have dressed as well!) In general, it is a good idea to fill and refill something like a 1.5-3L Crux Reservoir (as provided in CamelBak’s SnoBlast Hydration Pack as well as The Phantom LR24 Hydration Pack. Of course another advantage to wearing these packs is that you have plenty of storage capacity for extra food snacks and clothing/gear!
Don’t forget electrolytes!
Another important factor with hydration is getting in some electrolytes at times (i.e. sodium and potassium mainly) so keep that in mind also as you might want to mix in some salty/savory food snacks or drink mixes as in addition to drinking plain water. Depending on how many hours you’re out having fun, you may also want to consider taking a few breaks to refill your hydration reservoir and chow down on some food for extra energy! A final consideration would also be if you traveled a significant distance to get to the slopes and have gained a lot of altitude. Often when we are on a car or plane for hours in the days prior we can also become dehydrated…so drink up on the way to your adventures also!
In closing, the winter sports season can be so much fun that we forget to rehydrate sometimes out on the slopes. However, if you keep taking some frequent sips of fluid multiple times each hour to stay hydrated, you can help ensure that the stoke level stays high and you are maximizing your fun!
Pro Tip: Winterize your current CamelBak Hike or Bike hydration backpack with our Stoaway Insulated Reservoirs. This reservoir with Thermal Control insulation turns any pack into an all-season hydration system.
See you on the mountains!