Winter may have come and gone, but our passion for snow continues to reign within our hearts. So, what’s a good way to express our passion? In Ripclear Landscape Weekly, we’ll dive into the pros and cons of snow action and how Ripclear is here to help. To kick off this week, let’s dive into the topic of tree skiing.
Why Tree Ski?
Skiers most commonly reside in open snow areas, and usually tree skiing is prohibited in ski resorts due to safety reasons. Bypassing the boundaries will turn skiing into an extreme sport. You know what that means?
Time for a grand o’ time! Generally, tree skiing is fun. There are more hazards and obstacles to overcome, and it brings challenges to the table. While the risks of getting hurt increase, tree skiing also trains skiers to be more alert and focused. Thus, tree skiing is a great way to learn how to ski in dangerous conditions.
Don’t Ski Alone
Whether or not you’re a pro skier, you should always have someone with you in case you get injured. Keep in mind, tree skiing is full of twists and turns, and you don’t want to become helpless after an unfortunate event. But seriously, bring a friend with you and share the experience!
Tree skiing shouldn’t be taken lightly. We’ve mentioned that it is a beginner’s trap, so only attempt tree skiing when you’re above intermediate level. Always wear helmets and goggles. In particular, goggles provide clear vision and remove any glares. Therefore, be prepared to pack your goggles and helmet with you. There are many hazards, and surely you don’t want to hurt yourself.
There are also various conditions that occur during tree skiing such as ice, crud, trees, and sharp turns. Make sure to be ready for them or else your precious goggles can end up like this. Believe or not, we’ve experienced this problem before, and replacing these lenses takes away the fun experience of tree skiing.
The problem with tree skiing is not only about the dangers of pro skiing. It is about maintaining the durability of your beloved gears. However, every skier should not be anxious or paranoid about damaging their gears during a ski run. Nonetheless, we’ll give you some small tips on how to prevent your gear, especially your goggles, from being damaged by those pesky trees and debris.
So you’ve decided to ski in the glades. You try your best to ski through the white terrain, but suddenly a big glob of snow falls from a tree. You realize you can’t see anything and stop momentarily. So what do you do? You rub off the snow from your goggles.
However, do you know that snow is abrasive? Ice, snow, dust, sand, or any sedimentary particles will roughly scrape on any surface which leaves behind scratch marks. They can also deteriorate the defog coating. In other words, do not vigorously rub your goggle lenses. If you want to remove any debris, either shake it off or use a microfiber cloth to wipe it off.
The best way to tree ski is to avoid trees. Sounds easy, right? In reality, you should focus on open trails. Try to stay on the snowy path and ignore those pesky trees. If you do come across them, slowly maneuver through until you’re clear from any trees or branches. You don’t want to scratch your goggles (or poke your eyes out).
Oops, I Did It Again
Probably the easiest way to damage your expensive goggles is through accidents. We know accidents happen, but be extra cautious when you’re landing. You don’t want to accidentally drop your goggles. Lastly, make sure you don’t misplace them, and keep your goggles in a case (not on your neck).
Do The Right Thing
Did you know that you can protect your goggle lenses with film protectors? If you’re truly a snow advocate, then why not give our product a try? Our lens protector simply covers your goggles lenses from any scratches, and we even have film protectors for your camera and phone. Say goodbye to rime ice!
Nevertheless, tree skiing is a fun and exhilarating experience. Remember to follow our advice, and have fun skiing in the depth of the wild. Feel free to share your tree skiing experience with us!