Packing for the Family: Beyond Socks
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Packing for the Family: Beyond Socks

You’re ready to go on that trip, you’ve been planning it for your family for months. You’ve made lists of what clothes you and everyone else needs, and even had your family members try on last year’s snowpants or hiking boots, just to make sure they’re still a good fit. You think you’re packed, but then you remember: what about all the other stuff that is necessary for excursions at high altitude? Remember The Sunburn from last year? This list goes beyond the socks and base layers, and focuses on the products that will help you prevent discomfort and increase your time outside doing the fun things. 

Travel General

▢ Shampoo

▢ Body wash

▢ Deodorant

▢ Body Wash

▢ Toothpaste

High Altitude Must-Haves:

▢ Chapstick / lip balm

▢ Sunscreen

▢ Sunglasses

▢ Bug spray

▢ Lotion

▢ Electrolytes

▢ Water


▢ Hand sanitizer

▢ Anti-bacterial wipes

▢ Bandages/first aid kit

▢ Aloe

For the roadtripper

▢ Air freshener

▢ Paper towels

▢ Basic cleaning supplies

Travel General

Not much to elaborate on here--hygiene is important! One note: if you are taking a plane or will be backpacking, you might consider solid options instead of liquid options. 

High Altitude Must-Haves 

These items are all about preventing injury and discomfort. Especially in Colorado, you are closer to the sun, so you can get strong sun exposure from all kinds of surfaces including the ground. It’s important to plan ahead and pack lip balms, sunscreen, and sunglasses to protect yourself, even if you are traveling in the winter for a ski trip. The air is dry at altitude, so cracked lips and dehydration are possibilities if you do not come prepared and take proactive approach to prevention. Be sure to hydrate aggressively, both by drinking water and applying lip balm and lotions. 

There is evidence that suggests that bugs in drier climates feed more aggressively, so you should plan to pack bug repellent as well. This will reduce discomfort and help you to stay outdoors for longer. Beyond the momentary uncomfortable effects, bugs can also carry various diseases, so it’s especially important to consider bug repellent during summer activities. 

Of course, be on the lookout for altitude sickness, especially if you do not live near the mountains normally. If you or someone in your group starts to experience altitude sickness, you can use oxygen tanks for a quick fix and rest momentarily where you are, but ultimately you should monitor your symptoms and plan to go to lower ground as soon as you can. Electrolytes can also help reduce symptoms and keep you feeling healthy, so be sure to plan ahead and bring some along.


Even the best-laid plans sometimes fail, so it’s important to prepare for mild injury while you are traveling. Sunburns, blisters, scrapes, or even just general soreness can all be issues while you are traveling. Bring a first aid kit, and be sure not to skimp on hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes so you can cleanse any scrapes. 

Unfortunately, blisters are fairly common during hikes or ski trips, so be sure to check out these recommendations for treating blisters. As mentioned above, sunburns are also common at high altitudes, so be prepared to treat sunburns as well, noting that the guidelines also encourage aggressive hydration (in addition to the hydration you were already planning for being closer to the sun). Plan ahead for soreness from vigorous activity, and know what to consider when preventing and treating it

For the roadtripper (or, if you are staying at a cabin)

Anyone who has roadtripped knows how valuable a little air freshener (among other things) can be for the car. Families that travel with kids also know how important having disinfectant wipes and other things that reduce odors can be, so don’t forget these crucial products. Paper towels can also be valuable on roadtrips, to help clean up spills and contain messes. Even if you’re not traveling with kids, if you are staying in a cabin or camping outside you might consider bringing paper towels and basic cleaning supplies to keep everyone happy. 

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What is the Alpine Media Platform and why would I need this at my resort/park?
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The Alpine Media Platform is a simple to use yet comprehensive guest engagement (and staff communication) platform that helps ski resorts, theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, museums, aquariums, and other attractions build, launch, simplify, measure, and maximize their guest engagement strategy.

The Alpine Media Platform is a leading resort software and app solution with a range of tools, including event planning, real-time operations reporting (e.g. lift & trail status or attraction status), base area maps with POI details, F&B menus, live vehicle/shuttle tracking, emergency alerts, notifications, and much more. The Alpine Media Platform consists of a custom mobile app specific to your resort (Android and iOS), digital signage (ranging from a 10in ticket window display to an LED 'jumbotron' of any size) and an intuitive, easy-to-use content management system (CMS) to control all your content.

We already have a mobile-responsive website, why would I need this?
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Mobile responsive websites are awesome and every organization should start there, but what happens when you need to get an urgent message out to all of your on-site guests? Is all the content on your website accessible when guests do not have an active internet connect? Do you have full control over the content on your website or do you have to rely on your web developer?

Moreover, we all know that every guest is different and how they decide to interact with your organization/brand varies widely. The Alpine Media Platform automatically 'pulls in' existing information about your resort and distributes it to additional channels (digital signage, mobile app, and text [coming soon]) for guests to consume wherever and whenever they want. In addition, our APIs make is simple for your team to 'pull' information from the Alpine Media Command Center CMS and show it on your website. You decide if you want to manage content through your website or through the Alpine Media CMS.

Synchronizing all of your resort information across the various channels should not require duplicate entry; it shouldn't require someone running all over the place updating USB thumb drives; and it definitely shouldn't require waiting in the IT queue for content change requests.

How long will it take you to get my resort set up?
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We make every effort to get your resort activated within 2 weeks.  Most of the time, we'll have your digital signage solution up and running within 72 hours from receiving all the necessary resort information including contact information, design guidelines, logo, existing data feeds, and admin users.  As soon as we activate your resort, you will have the ability to add and control all of your content and more.  From there, it's up to you how quickly you want to roll it out to various locations. In fact, many of your resort partners start with general information displays across their resort and then continue to customize and add additional locations (e.g. F&B menus, ticket pricing & availability, in-room media for on-site lodging locations).

How much does the platform cost?
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We offer four different plans, Green (digital signage only), Blue (digital signage + custom mobile app), Black (digital signage + custom mobile app + shuttle tracking and point of sale integration), and Double-Black (full customization of the platform). Plans start as low as $500/mo depending on the scope. The best part about the pricing of our software solutions is that there are no limits on the number of users and virtually all of the new features we develop are added to your plan at no additional cost. We hate getting "nickel and dimed" and we promise not to do it to you.

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