5 Tips to Enjoy Our Snowy Outdoors

ELK youth hitting the slopes

Tip #1: Timing is everything

Enjoy the outdoors in the early afternoon. Early afternoons are the warmest part of winter days. Avoid the chill of mornings and evenings near sunrise and sunset — the afternoon is also the time most likely to have bright sunshine!

Tip #2: Planning is key

Especially in Colorado where weather can be unpredictable. If exploring alone, make sure to tell a friend or loved one where you’re heading.

An ELK snowshoeing trip to remember

Tip #3: Layer, layer, layer

Always layer your clothing before heading out and bring a few extra items. Add or keep layers when you’re cold and remove a layer or two as you warm up. Plan to bring a long sleeve shirt, light jacket, and a heavy jacket. Thick socks and gloves are a must as well (keeping your hands, feet, and head dry and warm is essential to staying warm in cold weather), and it’s never a bad idea to bring an extra pair of both for yourself, or a friend that didn’t peep these helpful tips.

Tip #4: Water and snacks

Bring more water and snacks than you think you need. Drinking water is super important in the winter, even if you don’t feel as thirsty.

Tip #5: Eye protection

Sunglasses! Not only do we all look extra cool in sunglasses (there’s even a song about someone who wears their sunglasses at night) but sunglasses will keep your eyes protected, especially when the sun is reflecting off the snow!

ELK students trying their luck at ice fishing



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