Spring Skiing Skin Safety

RENO, NV - Getting to the top of the hill didn't take much time at Mt. Rose on Tuesday.

It's the end of the season and conditions are described as "spring like."

“Conditions are absolutely fabulous. They groomed it nicely. All you need is wax,” says Joe Kay, a skier.

Ask Joe about sunscreen; he knows about that, too.

“If you walk in the parking lot, here is some sun screen. You gotta wear I,” says Kay.

But not all skiers and snow boarders concern themselves with UVB-UVA and SPF.

” Sun is really bright. I'm thinking about taking off my layers right now,” says Jed Locquiao, another skier.

“Higher temperatures, and its spring time skiing. More people go out there because it feels great and they don't put on their sunscreen, they don't cover up as much as they should, and that is what usually happens,” says Dr. Cindy Lamerson with Nevada Center for Dermatology.

Dr. Lamerson says it's like standing on top of aluminum.

The sun shines down on the skier and then reflects off the snow, giving off another 80%of UV radiation--meaning skiers are getting nearly 200% of the sun's damaging rays.

Temperatures have no impact on U-V rays; you can get burned on the slopes when it's overcast.

Wearing reflective eye wear can make matters worse by shooting the rays directly on your nose and face.

Dr. Lamerson says your best defense is wearing sunscreen and apply it often throughout the day.

It should be an SPF of at least 35, and protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.