Frost can really bite

DARREN FRIESEN, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Skiers and snowboarders anxious to take advantage of the great conditions this week should know there's some risk involved.

With resorts boasting record early snowfalls, it's hard for riders to resist.

But with the mercury holding steady on deep freeze, the chances of getting frostbite and other cold-weather injuries are more common.

According to EMS spokesman Ben Morgan, if you're still planning on skiing through the cold, there are a couple of key things to keep in mind.

"Make sure to keep exposed skin covered and dress in layers," said Morgan. "And mittens are also a good alternative to gloves."

For those powder hounds who are enjoying the conditions a little too much and might be hesitant to take a break, Morgan insists taking five is a must throughout the day.

"Pace yourself," he said. "Take diligent rest periods because people who are tired ... their bodies aren't able to compensate.

"Take a break and have some hot chocolate and Bailey's, just to warm up your insides."

Also, parents might want to keep tabs on the kids.

"Don't let your kids go all day," said Morgan.

"Force them to come in and take a time out. If you're dealing with frostbite, you don't want to thaw something and then expose it to the cold again.

"Once it's warmed, then don't expose it to the cold again."


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