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Success B o n V oyag e
Taking to the slopes? SKIUSA’s Eduardo Gaz, who has been in the travel industry for over 25 years and skied
in the 7 continents over 100 days a year, says the first step is to plan prior to your vacation to guarantee the
best deals and yield the best experience possible. Read on for more savvy advice.
T E X T BY E D UA R D O G A Z
PH OTO LO C AT I O N : C H A M O N I X
1. Go pro: Are you a
beginner taking your first
brushing up on your skills? Make
the investment of hiring a pro
who has the technique and know-
how to help you make the most
of your time. It will be well worth
the time and effort it takes to
find a skilled guide who can point
you in the right direction.
2. Gather data:
Download the latest
app to have the maps,
trails, speed and vertical feet
runs to show off to your friends.
SkiTracks is free and offers all the
stats needed to brag during après.
3. Fancy feet: Ski boots
are not made for walking;
they’re meant to be snug
without hurting or numbing your
feet. If you plan on skiing more
than once every 3 years, buy your
own and get them fitted properly.
6. Fingertip facts:
gloves, always! You
don’t want to freeze your fingers
off while taking that perfect
mountain selfie or changing the
tunes on your snowy soundtrack.
Seeing clearly: If the
white powder is falling,
buy yourself a good pair
of goggles; if the sun’s out, a pair
of sport sunglasses will do the
trick if you’re going helmet-less.
Let’s be clear...helmet + glasses is
5. Eat up: Breakfast is the
most important meal
of the day! Load up on
carbs and protein to start the
day off full of energy. Bring along
some protein bars, too!
8. Choose wisely: There
are different levels
and terrain, some love
to make big arc turns in the
groomed runs and others feel at
home in the back-country. Not
sure? Go all-mountain.
“Gaper Gaps” are not
acceptable. Make sure you
adjust your helmet to finish where
your goggles begin.
9. Social aspects: Be
friendly to locals, tourists,
riders, lifties and patrols.
Don’t forget to turn off your
music when riding up the chair or
gondola — you never know what
you may learn or who you can
meet on a lift ride!
10. Always enjoy:
Stretch, ski and
more. Do this before and after
you’ve hit the slopes. Many of
SKIUSA’s resort partners offers
complimentary guided tours
of the mountain. And, most
importantly, have fun!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eduardo Gaz is an internationally recognized entrepreneur expert in skiing and luxury travel
destinations. He is the CEO & Founder of TTW Group that holds SKIUSA, SKIBrasil and SELECTIONS;