The Afar Guide to
Winter Travel

Winter's Simple Pleasures

Winter and cold-weather travel means getting out and active while finding time for simple pleasures—the first bracing breaths of a cold climate as we leave the airport, laughing with locals at the neighborhood pub after an invigorating ski run; startling some wildlife on a cross-country trail. When we’re planning our cold-weather trips, it’s these unexpected moments that we look forward to. But there is also the wonderful stuff that we know to expect: the thrill of that first—and second, and third—run down the mountain; the warm drinks at the lodge; the cacophony of languages in the ski lift line. Winter is coming, AFAR travelers: where will you spend it?

Get Into the Snow
Winter Travel Tips
Check the avalanche forecast. Most avalanches occur during or shortly after a storm. Be aware that the mountain snow pack may still unstable.
Be flexible. It is important to have a plan but you will have to change it as weather and snow conditions change.
Start Slow. A slow, steady pace is the best way to travel in the mountains. As you warm up, shed layers to maintain an even body temperature.
Protect your skin. At high altitudes, the sun is strong and the snow is a powerful reflector.
Protect your eyes. Sunglasses or goggles are a must in high altitudes.
Bring a thermos. It is important to stay hydrated in the mountains. Remember, warm fluids keep you warm.
Take breaks. Eat, drink and change layers to stay safe and comfortable.
Have a partner. In avalanche terrain, expose only one person to hazard at a time.
Have the proper rescue gear. Practice in order to be comfortable with your equipment so you can use it quickly.
Watch the wind. Even when it’s not snowing, wind on the ridge tops can still bring plenty of snow your way.