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Tips for taking up a winter sport

Thinking about taking up a winter sport?

There’s alot more to consider in the winter so it’s a good idea to do a little preparation ahead of time so children – and adults – stay safe and warm. Here’s what you need to consider:

Stay Warm: No matter which sport you enjoy, staying warm and dry is important. The right clothing and equipment will help you do that. Dress in layers and test out some of the newer fabrics for cold weather. The layer right next to your skin should wick away sweat so it stays dry and you stay warm. Wear a hat and scarf and remember that mittens are warmer than gloves. When sledging, wear gloves or mittens and boots while you’re on the sledge because they can also help prevent you from injuring your hands and feet (it’s common to drag feet and hands as you’re going down the hill).

Sun Protection: Sunlight reflects off all that bright white snow and ice and back onto your face — so protect yourself by wearing sunscreen (with a minimum SPF of 15). Wear goggles or special sports sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Choose Safe Areas: When you grab your sledge, head to the hills that are mostly free of trees, fences or farm stock such as sheep.

Protect Yourself: Wear a helmet for any sport where there’s a possibility you can fall hard and hit your head (ice hockey, downhill skiing, snow boarding and sledging). It’s also important to wear the proper size equipment. Many children have problems because equipment they use is too big for them. Take a lesson if you’re a beginner.

Clean Gear: Wipe the blades of skates and skis when you are finished for the day. If you throw your gear into a bag, ensure you empty it out when you get home to avoid mildew and to get rid of odours, advise the domestic cleaning specialists at MOLLY MAID. Soak clothing in water mixed with a bit of vinegar or baking soda if odours are particularly bad. Then, wash as usual.