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Preparing for Your Ski Vacation

So, you've booked your vacation to Deer Valley Resort. Now what? Once your trip is booked, it's time to prepare for what's to come. Here are five steps to ensure an amazing getaway.

1.Prepare Your Body
Jillian Vogtli, a two-time Olympian and a 13-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, is now a personal trainer. She suggests evaluating your current fitness level and building from there in preparation for your trip.

It may be obvious that you need strong legs for skiing, but lesser known and equally important is core strength. It's most effective to work your core as a secondary muscle group (i.e. a lunge twist) because this stimulates the dynamics of skiing. If this is more than you care to take on, then focus on exercises that target your abs, like crunches, your obliques with side-ups, and your back, by doing back extensions. Unlike other major muscle groups, the core can be worked daily.

2. Accessorize
If there's one concept you'll need to understand while packing for this trip, it's layering. Our dry mountain air cools down quickly once the sun sets, but our powerful sun heats things up just as fast during the day.

Invest in a 3-in-1 jacket, one that has a removable liner and an outer shell so that you can shed layers depending on the temperature. Also, pick up some lightly insulated, waterproof ski pants.

For base and mid-layers, long underwear is a must-have. If you are layering properly, you don't need to wear super-thick and uncomfortable long underwear, but can find a thin wool-blend piece that will wick moisture and keep warmth in.
You'll also want to pick up a few pairs of thin ski socks, so that you're not reliant on doing laundry during your vacation.

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Other essential accessories are a neck gator, a pair of insulated waterproof gloves and goggles. Goggles are critical, not only do they protect you from the wind and snow, they'll protect your eyes from the UV rays that reflect off of the pristine white snow.

3. Reserve Ski Equipment
With pre-packaged rentals for juniors, beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers alike, Deer Valley's rental shop provides a one-stop shop for your whole family's rental needs. Open before the chairlifts and closed after they stop spinning, you won't have to worry about missing out on the Deer Valley moments that we know you're seeking. A fleet of demo-quality Rossignol skis and boots await. If you book your rental for consecutive days, you'll receive a 10 percent discount beginning on your fourth day.

4. Ski Smart
One of the best ways to start your vacation is by taking a lesson. A little boost in confidence leads to more enjoyment on and off the hill. Already confident? Deer Valley's experienced instructors can help hone your skills in an unparalleled way. If a private lesson isn't for you, check out one of the specialty adult clinics, like Steeps & Stashes, which explore lesser-known off-piste terrain.

5. Make Dining Reservations
Deer Valley has some of the finest resort dining around, including* Zagat's* #1 rated restaurant in Utah, The Mariposa. If you're looking for something a little more casual, you won't have to sacrifice ambiance or taste. Try Edgar's Beer and Spirits Lounge, located on the second level of Snow Park Lodge. It's the perfect après-ski spot.

Body? Check. Gear? Check. Lessons? Check. Dining? Check. Now comes the hard part—waiting for the trip to finally arrive.

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

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