Old Man Winter may be taking his time to make an appearance this year, but it hasn’t stopped Mother Nature from dusting the backcountry around Steamboat Springs in snow. While some anxiously await to make powdery turns at the Steamboat Ski Area, others are headed into the wilderness. The team at Condos in Steamboat cannot stress enough how important it is to be prepared for a backcountry adventure.
- Make yourself familiar with the area, use a map or app to track where you intend to go. Be aware of places to park and any restrictions. Some areas are designated only for foot traffic and others for snowmobiles.
- Never go alone and make sure others know your plans.
- Check the weather and know who to call if you get into trouble or lose visibility.
- Dress in layers, it can be cold when you start up, but it doesn’t take long to get the heart pumping and body temperature rising.
- Equally do not allow yourself to become chilled. Avoid cotton layers, which absorb moisture and will leave you feeling cold and damp.
- Take plenty of energy boosting snacks such as trail mix and have plenty of water. Dehydration is a dangerous thing.
- Take first aid supplies and a survival kit, including a shovel and Personal Locator Beacon, PLB.
- If you are new to the backcountry, consider taking a guide.