BULL FROG QUIK STICK
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Don’t get burned on the slopes

Sunscreens reduce the threat of UV damage in the high country. But be forewarned: While most protect against UVB rays, few offer more than minimal protection against the equally harmful UVA rays.

BULL FROG QUIK STICK
Half-ounce rub-on stick is mostly free of odor, color and mess, and contains moisturizing aloe and vitamin E. Excellent UVB protection (SPF 36). But: very little UVA protection. $6. (877) 698-8006, www.bullfrogsunscreen.com

Text by Scott Doggett
Photos by Béatrice de Géa / LAT ()
SOL SUNGUARD ALTITUDE
One and a half ounces of messy white lotion with a faint chemical odor. But: excellent UVB (SPF 40) and UVA protection, and the carabiner is a nice touch. $6. (949) 290-5968, www.solsunguard.com

Note: Ultraviolet radiation levels rise 5% for every 1,000 feet of elevation, and snow reflects UV radiation. SPF measures UVB, but not UVA, intensity. The Outfitter used data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Chemical Society to reach his conclusions. ()
BANANA BOAT SPORT
One ounce of thick white lotion with a strong chemical scent. Solid UVB protection (SPF 30). But: minimal defense against UVA radiation. $3. (800) 723-3786, www.bananaboat.com ()
SWEET SPOT
Two ounces of white lotion with a chemical odor and stout UVB protection (SPF 44). But: little help with UVA rays. $5. (800) 728-7873, www.sunblocks.com ()
REFLECT SPORT
Besides the lanyard, the ¾-ounce Sport differs little from most of the products here in that it’s heavy in UVB protection (SPF 30) and reeks of chemicals, but provides little UVA stopping power. $3. (800) 558-6614, www.pharmacalway.com ()
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