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Outdoor Winter Recreation

Did You Know?

  • UV rays are just as damaging to your skin and eyes in the winter as they are in the summer months, even when it’s cloudy.
  • Snow and ice are highly reflective and increase the amount of UV radiation you receive.
  • Snow blindness is a temporary condition that causes eye pain so severe you can’t keep your eyes open.
  • UV rays are stronger at higher altitudes such as when mountain skiing or snowboarding.

Sun exposure and your skin & eyes

Exposure to UV rays can lead to:

  • Skin cancer
  • Eye lesions 
  • Skin damage 
  • Cataracts 
  • Sunburns
  • Retinal burns 
  • Wrinkles

Enjoy the sun safely.  Protect your skin and eyes.

Time of Day: Avoid direct sun exposure when the UV index is 3 or higher.

Shade: Seek shade or make shade by using and umbrella, UV protected tent, or other shaded shelter.

Cover Up: Wear clothes that cover as much of the skin as possible or UV-protective clothing.  Wear a hat to cover your head and keep it warm. Wear a balaclava to protect your face from the sun and wind.

Sunscreen: Apply plenty of sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant”.  Reapply when needed. Use a sunscreen lip balm.

Sunglasses: Wear close-fitting/wrap-around sunglasses with UV 400 or 100% UV protection.

Things to avoid

  • Getting a tan or sunburn
  • Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs. Use food or supplements instead.