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By Soraya Nadia McDonald
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 9, 2009

Bring a water bottle. It's easy to forget that you're getting a workout because, well, it's cold outside, and there's snow on the ground. But between the extra 10 to15 pounds of equipment and the trudging up and down the mountain, you actually burn quite a bit of energy. And your mouth gets dry.

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Tuck snacks in that huge ski jacket. You'll need an energy boost if you want to stay out for more than a couple of hours.

Bring along self-awareness and self-control. According to instructor Gary Moore, most injuries happen when people come to the mountain early and want to ride late into the day, or even into the night, even though their bodies may be telling them otherwise. Fatigue leads to mistakes, and mistakes can lead to injuries.


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