Snowplay is the activity of playing around, playing in, throwing, laying in, building with and even eating: snow.
This article is to help all those who just want to know what to prepare for the first time they or their kids go to the snow. This article is not about skiing or boarding.
The Basic Facts
There are a lot of things about the snow that you won't know the first time you go. There are a lot of misconceptions about it as well. Firstly snow is cold but not so cold that you have to wear eight layers of clothes. Secondly you will always need chains if you are driving to the snow.
Getting to the Snow
There are many different ways to get to the snow. For a first timer they all need explaining.
The most common way to get to the snow is driving. If you are driving you need chains, they are absolutely essential. If you are only going to the snow for a one off time it is a better idea to hire the chains, which you can find in most alpine towns.