With the snow finally north, put together your ‘to-do’ list now – Boston Herald

It’s snowing north! It’s snowing north!

Last Friday night I danced around and sang and sang like I was Buddy the Elf.

The snow close to the foot that covered some areas is the first real, honest-to-goodness measurable snowstorm this season.

Even better: the thermometer seems to be stable in the coming days (and weeks) to allow plenty of snowmaking, perhaps some more natural snow and, daily now, resort openings, trail additions and the true ramp up to full winter.

It is good that the holiday week is still some time away. It gives us all the time to get ready for day trips, overnight stays, last minute powder and all the things we love about the ski season.

Here is my to-do list for the season. It might just work for you.

To do: Get my equipment ready. Do you think you do not have to tune your skis because you really did not use them much last season? Wrong. Today is the day to hand over your skis for a full-on season start tune-up.

Well-tuned ski carvers not only better, they grip the snow properly (and do not sting too often). Regular tuning is also just good for your skis. Find your local ski shop and drop them off. If you feel like skiing now, most ski areas tune in to their base area. Set some time in the day and get your skis tuned, enjoy a cup of coffee or cocoa and plan your day.

Should your skis be tired and / or old, make plans to demo lots of skis.

Here’s a cool insider secret to just that: Sunday River, Maine, offers a (completely unannounced; we’ll let you get into this) guided demo ski service.

For $ 50, not only can you try as many pairs of skis as you want that day, but a Sunday River guide will help you pick some and then take you out to try them, giving you input and advice.

It’s like your own private ski sommelier – and there’s no extra cost.

Should you find the perfect pair, your $ 50 demo fee will be charged on your ski purchase.

Your boots may also need attention. Take them out, put them on and spend some time walking around them to make sure they feel right.

Weight gain or loss, injuries and general aging can affect how a boot feels on your feet. What’s worse than getting on snow and then finding out that your boots hurt, are too cold or just do not feel right? Little.

If they feel out of place somehow, you can visit a certified Masterfit boot fitter (https://masterfitinc.com) near you to see if your boots can be adjusted, if an effort can help, or if you need a new pair (boots). tends to last around 100-150 ski days but can wear out faster for some).

Take care of your boots. Your feet at the key to a comfortable foundation.

To do: Upload the apps I need this season. More and more ski areas are using apps for everything from ticket booking to food ordering in the ski area, to tracking trails and vertically.

Spend some time thinking about which ski areas you want to visit this season, and search the app store to see if they offer an app. If you do not see one, call and ask. Then download and create your account. Easier now than later.

Most season tickets link you to an app, so make sure you’re logged in to them too, if you use any. And there are other apps that I like. A favorite is Ski Tracks, an app that keeps track of all the runs I take and all the ski days I have all season and stores that data for the long term.

It’s fun to see what I’m skiing at the end of the day, and fun to look back and compare other days and other seasons via the app.

To do: Organize my ski clothes. Ever since my kids were little and I had a Scarlett O’Hara moment on the slope where I held my fist up and cried, “As God is my witness, I will NEVER bring two left gloves again!” I have been a fan of the technique of packing clothes bags before the season.

I’m an empty nest now, so there are fewer bags, but what I did – and do – is have a ski bag for each family member, in which I pack their gloves, mittens, hats, neck leggings, ski socks, long underpants, googles and boots.

I store them in a closet and over them hangs each ski outfit. When it’s time to go, instead of having to search and struggle to remember everything (and grab two left mittens, my most common mess), I can just pick the outfit for that day, take the bag, and go.

When I get home, I wash everything that needs to be washed and then pack the bag again. Nothing gets misplaced. It’s magical.

To do: Make plans with friends. Let this be the year you get out there with a friend you’ve not skied with in a while, and make those plans now. I did this way in advance and planned a midweek early season trip to Okemo with my good friend Cathy. We’re going up next week and I’m really glad we’ve made some concrete plans.

Call or write to that friend, choose the place and date, stick to it. Friends make friends ski. That’s just right.

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