Tips For You

Tips for Your First Day

Take a lesson!!! Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from one of our professional instructors. You'll safely learn more in a 90 minute lesson than you will all day on your own. Click here for information on our lessons.

  • If you have never skied or boarded before, having the proper equipment is the first thing to get you started.  Skis and snowboards have changed over the years with technological advancements that make learning to ski or snowboard easier than ever.  Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly. You can rent top-of-the line ski or snowboarding equipment at Winterplace. Click here to view the Winterplace Rental Equipment page.
  • Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
  • Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a warm hat, headband, gloves or mittens. (Mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).  Covering up exposed skin with proper clothing will keep you warmer and allow you to enjoy the slopes longer.
  • Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard in control. 
  • If you're tired, take a break.  Injuries usually result from fatigue. Have a seat, relax, get a bite to eat and enjoy the people around you. Most of all, have fun!

What To Bring

Here is our list of recommended items for you to bring skiing or snowboarding in order to guarantee a fun first day on the slopes. If you are in need of anything on this list when you get here, everything on this list is available in at the Winterplace Ski Shop (located on the upper level of the Resort Center and The MountainHouse).

  • Hat / helmet - if your head is warm the rest of you is likely to stay warm.
  • Water proof insulated gloves/mittens - mittens are warmest.
  • Goggles/Sunglasses - Goggles are strongly recommended on cold or snowy days for warmth and increased visibility.
  • Jacket/Parka (water resistant)
  • Synthetic or wool base layers for top & bottom - it's better to be warm than cold, you can always shed layers. Synthetic materials help to wick moisture away from your skin. Once again, do not wear cotton as a base layer.
  • Snow/Water resistant pants - helps keep your lower body warm and dry.
  • Warm, dry socks - Moisture wicking ski/snowboard socks (wool or fleece) are the best. No cotton.  Wear only one pair of socks.
  • Sunscreen - SPF 15 or higher
  • Lip Balm
  • Snack, Fruit, Energy Bar
  • Trail Map - available in the Resort Center and MountainHouse.
  • ID, Wallet, Cash
  • Extra Clothes, Shoes - to change into when you're all done, in order to go out and celebrate your first day of skiing or snowboarding!
  • Equipment - Remember that the Winterplace Rental Shop has top-of-the line rental equipment.