Get informed about your adventure

CHECK THE WEATHER CONDITIONS 

It may happen that in summer you don’t pay attention to weather forecasts (you should check them before every single trip, all year round!!), it might be a good idea to pay more attention to nature especially in winter. While weather may be nice and sunny, with some showers in the summer, overestimating you weather forecasts ability in winter can get you into some serious trouble. Conditions can vary greatly during the day (and night!), and there’s a lot more precipitation, and it’s way colder.
It is essential to check the weather forecast before going! Here in the Dolomites we use ARPAV forecasts, Windguru or other local forecasts pages, also used by outdoor professionals and rescuers. 
By the way, looking at the weather on the top of the Marmolada – for instance - and expecting the conditions to be the same 50 km to the north is not a smart strategy. Especially in the mountains, weather may change from a valley headed north to the other facing south; wind and sun may make you feel one moment as if you were on the mountains of Africa, and immediately after at the North Pole!

BE AWARE OF AVALANCHES 
So you’ve checked the weather forecast. But that’s just part one of two for the winter! Now that you know you are informed about the weather you are probably going to find during your adventure, it’s time to look at the avalanche forecast (easily available on the web). 
Be aware that the process of avalanches risk valuation is extremely important for your safety and also for people that should, in case, come to rescue you. 
What are the conditions in the area you are going? What’s the risk level? Does this affect the trip you want to go on? If you plan to spend a lot of time in the mountains during winter, I highly advise buying and getting educated about using the appropriate gear (beacon, shovel, and probe). In case you would love to gain some deeper knowledge about avalanches risk valuation, you can for sur ask the alpine guides located close to you. 

YOUR GEAR IS THE KEY OF A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE
It is absolutely essential to have good, reliable waterproof clothing during the winter. 
The first step is to ensure you have waterproof gear, otherwise, if you don’t have the appropriate boots, the snow will quickly soak into them, which is bad news bears for your poor toes. 
The second step is to make sure all of your waterproof gear is still waterproof. The protective coating that is put on at the factory will not last forever, especially if you don’t take care of your garment in the proper way. To avoid such undesired problems, use special cleaning and waterproofing products to clean and retreat your waterproof and insulating layers.

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