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IVGID Tip: Don’t worry — ski happy on a Tahoe powder day

Special to the Bonanza

A skier slashes through fresh snow this week at Diamond Peak Ski Resort.

The skies turned 50 shades of gray last weekend, signaling the return of winter. Mother Nature brought Tahoe resorts more than two feet of fresh powder and transformed the slopes.

Below are some reminders and tips to ensure you are prepared for the next powder day:

Eat up and hydrate: No matter your age or ability level, pushing powder is a workout. Have a healthy breakfast, take breaks and drink lots of water. On a powder day, you can burn approximately 430 calories per hour, depending on the individual.

Dress accordingly: Wear layers, ensure your gear is waterproof, and all pockets are sealed tight.

Get the right goggles: Wear goggles with a low light or flat light lens as visibility is likely to be limited. Make sure your goggles are sealed to your face, without gaps, to keep them from fogging up.

Do an equipment check: The night before a powder day when you're envisioning all the powder and deep turns to come, take a moment to inventory your equipment. Do you know where all your gear is? Do you have the right skis? If you don't own a pair of powder skis, or they are ancient, you can demo some of the latest equipment at the Diamond Peak Rental Shop.

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Stay safe: Your home mountain will transform on a powder day. Say goodbye to familiarity! Powder adds a nice soft layer but hidden rocks and trees remain firm as ever. Chat with other skiers when you arrive to find out where the best turns can be found or where the hairy spots are.

Last, but not least, always ski or ride with a partner. Don't worry, ski happy!

"IVGID Tip" is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Visit DiamondPeak.com or call 775-832-1177 for more information.