As temperatures are expected to plummet this weekend, for those who enjoy outdoor activities in the winter, it can be especially dangerous.
When the weather is cold, people still hit the slopes.
“When the temperature stays below freezing, the snow is awesome,” said Michael DeJohn, of Mt. Southington Ski Area.
On Thursday night, you couldn’t tell the weather outside was cold by looking at the mountain. More than several dozen people were out taking advantage of the conditions.
“You just have to dress for it face protection, goggles, helmet preferred, layer up, good gloves, hand warmers, toe warmers,” DeJohn said.
He added that with the temperatures expected to be in the single digits, the staff is preparing.
“Ski staff, the patrol and the rangers will keep an eye out for frostbite on patrons. We will also have plenty of hot chocolate on hand, and suggest people go in every three to four runs,” DeJohn said.
Staff will also encourage people to play close attention to what they’re wearing.
“If you dress appropriately with polyester, you won’t sweat as bad,” making it so you won’t want to take layers off, DeJohn said.
No matter how cold it gets, the ski area intends to stay open.
“This Saturday we also have the mountain vertical challenge, so registration is at 8 a.m.,” DeJohn said.
Staff members will be on the lookout for the first sign of frostbite, which is usually discolored skin.
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