Many of the region’s mountain resorts are scheduled to stay in operation until at least mid-April—weather permitting, of course—so with any luck your skis or your board should have a few more sick runs left in them before summer.
Skiing and snowboarding are, for good reason, among the most popular outdoor activities in this part of the country. They’re also a fantastic form of interval training exercise with obvious benefits for your heart health, circulation, metabolism, blood pressure—and, oh yeah, the strength of your legs, ankles, and feet.
That said, as with any other sport, skiing and snowboarding come with injury risks, too.
“As much fun as skiing can be, it’s also a sport that really beats up your feet, ankles, and knees,” says Dr. Kevin Lind of Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates.
If you want to make sure your gnarly runs don’t result in even gnarlier feet and ankles, you should take a few smart precautions before you head out.