Just Because It’s Cold, Doesn’t Mean It Doesn’t Burn

November 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Just Because It’s Cold, Doesn’t Mean It Doesn’t Burn

When most people think of sunburn, they think of hot summer days and lots of exposed flesh. Layers and layers of clothing and wool caps don’t evoke thoughts of a sunburn, or even a suntan.

But as an article in today’s New York Times points out, skiers are actually exposed to plenty of UV rays, at least on their faces. And, unlike sunbathers, skiers often tend not to take the appropriate precautions, like wearing sunscreen and eye protection.

While the risk is highest at much higher elevations, and in the later season when the angle of the suns rays gets higher (or something scientific like that), even here at Ski Butternut it’s always a good idea to smear on some sunblock before spending hours out on the slopes. Plus, the article doesn’t even mention the fact that snow, white as it is, is highly reflective, sending some of those rays right back at you. Cold wind and sun can also deliver a double punch, making your skin (and lips) more prone to dryness and chapping.

Personally, I’m a big fan of Dermatone. The stuff comes in a can and is kind of vaseliney in consistency (which can gross some folks out), but spread that stuff on your face and lips and, trust me, neither wind, nor cold, nor sun will be able to penetrate. If that’s too intense for you, a regular face sunscreen and some chapstick’ll do.

Don’t forget goggles or sunglasses, too.

(You can pick up all the protection you need at our ski shop, open every day when the mountain’s open, and every day but Thursday until then).


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