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How do you stay hydrated when skiing?

post #1 of 70
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i really dont feel like having anything heavy and bulky on me when i ski (i.e. water bottles) - im curious to hear what everyone one does to stay hydrated



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post #3 of 70

What that guy said.

post #4 of 70

Drink water........I forgot my bottle today  and the thighs were burning at days end

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post #6 of 70

I just hop into the lodge and grab a cup of water every few runs.

post #7 of 70
Originally Posted by MetFan View Post



Yep.  Love mine.  Can't even tell I have it on most of the time.

post #8 of 70
Small Camelback.
post #9 of 70
I start skiing at 8 am and don't drink any water until 12 am. I don't get thirsty, have no issues. Otherwise, I'd go to a lodge for water. Carrying catrax in my pockets bothers me. Water container? No way.
post #10 of 70
Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post

Drink water........I forgot my bottle today  and the thighs were burning at days end

Despite skiing for decades, I had no idea how important proper hydration was to muscle stamina until a particular day at Whistler in mid-April. I was in an Epic-Ski program which meant the pace was fast all day in soft snow and challenging terrain.

It was my first time on modern skis - a pair of Volkl Supersport 5 stars, and they did not respond at all to my well-groomed 1960's, Hannes Schneider heel-pushing technique. By the end of the morning, I was sweating up a storm through overexertion, but did not hydrate. On the chair, my quads went into uncontrollable spasms. Total misery. The only salvation was my beautiful Austrian classmate who massaged my quivering quads all the way up the hill....:devil:


post #11 of 70
Small camelback, a light tea w/ a little salt and sugar. It's makes a world of difference at the end of a daytrip for a 4hr drive home.
post #12 of 70

I drink a Coors every hour or hour and a half.  Hey it's 95% water and loaded with carbs.!   Sometimes I take a slug of water too!

post #13 of 70

Camelback.  I drink two large glasses of water before hitting the slopes (to help offset my coffee), then after a bathroom break I seem to be ahead of the hydration curve.  Just keep drinking water all day, even if you don't feel like it.  


T. - www.wasatchreport.com

Edited by WasatchReport - 1/31/14 at 8:00am
post #14 of 70

I have a camelback i put in a regular backpack that holds lunch and spare socks. I usually put some lemon or lime in it to offset the inevitable plastic taste.


My challenge is to not get the mouthpiece to freeze up despite blowing the water back in the bag.

post #15 of 70
Aspen Mountain has the best access to water I've seen at a ski area. They have a nice ski up water fountain on top, a water fountain at the gondi and a water jug at 1A. When I'm at other area's I carry a platypus and in the BC my pack has a very large bladder. I probably drink a gallon/day and I have to pee a lot.
post #16 of 70

Hydration backpack.

post #17 of 70

you may need to experiment with different bottles.

There are flask sized ones. Soft bottles that are skinny.  Soft bottles that big and fat.


You may also get a better fit buying a bigger bottle, filling it partially and folding it.

You may also find pants legs cargo pockets useful



But yea, if hydration is key, then you need to go backpack as the most convenient option.

Or if you can find a skibuddy who does carry a backpack and you can mooch space off of them even better. but be careful or you may lose a ski friend




That being said, for people who have become accustomed to always having a backpack/fannypack other gear.

Try a run or 3 without your backpack.  You may surprised how much lighter and free you feel. 

post #18 of 70

In the morning before skiing, might have a have small bottle of orange juice picked up on the way at a convenience store. By the end of morning though not having had anything more to drink I'm almost never thirsty.   Then will probably drink a little something at lunch.  Note not into alcohol.  And during the day if a feel thirsty on the lift will reach down to my boot top eat a bit of snow.  On the slopes am often out in the woods where clean snow is everywhere on confier branches.  Nice juicy patch that's been melting in the sun.  Just not the kind of person that drinks much unless it is with a meal.  In the summer often hike or backpack miles in the Sierra without taking a drink out of my water bottle.   Just goes to show not everyone needs to drink fluids in order to maintain.  Part of that is likely genetic but also suspect behavior can train a body.

post #19 of 70

3L camelbak backpack

post #20 of 70

Big ol jug of Powerade in the water bottle pocket. Doesn't freeze if you're skiing hard. ;)

post #21 of 70

I don't.:o


I'm ok at the start; I have a drink just before heading out. 


I tell myself, I will stop and come in for a drink of water, but I don't usually do that.


Later in the day if my legs feel a little cramped, I remember to come in at the top of the chair lift, but by the time I get down the run where a drink might be available in the lodge, I've forgotten all about getting a drink.

post #22 of 70

I ski with my Ortovox backpack with a Camelback reservoir, plus extra stuff like glove liners, a couple snacks, etc.  I really don't feel the weight of a small backpack makes much difference in skiing, and I like being able to take frequent sips of water rather than have to open a bottle and drink a larger volume of water at once.  The feeling of freedom is still there with a well-made, well-balanced and well-padded backpack.   The only downside is older chairlifts don't have enough room to allow me to sit back in the chair as far as I'd like, so if it's a short chair I'll hold onto the chair and it it's a longer chair (more than 5 minutes) I'll slip the pack off. 


When I'm teaching or taking clinics I don't wear the pack since the students and clinic instructors need to see what my body is doing and the pack might distract from that.  During those times I'm usually on the slopes for two hours at a time, maybe three with clinics.  I usually make sure to drink water before I head out. 

post #23 of 70

just to add- i use cytomax in my camelback.  get a pack like this and it fits easily under your jacket.



post #24 of 70
My only issue with my Camelbak is that it'll freeze if it's cold enough. In those instances I'll wear it inside my shell. This is somewhat annoying, as I have to open my jacket to drink.
post #25 of 70

i use this one and it has never frozen including -15F  



post #26 of 70

Dakine Heli pack with 2L Camelbak.  I usually fill it with water, but lately I've been experimenting with Nuun.

post #27 of 70

CamelBak.  It's insulated for skiing but you  need to remember to tuck the mouthpiece back in after drinking.  Forgot this weekend and it froze on me.

post #28 of 70
Camelback makes an insulated hose.
post #29 of 70

Also, if you're not already doing so, pinch the hose and bring it over you're head or as high as you can. Allows more water to drain back into the bag, i.e. more insulated.

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