Before Hitting The Slopes
- Get in shape. Don't try to ski yourself into shape. You'll enjoy skiing more if
you're physically fit.
- Buy proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly
at a local ski shop. You can rent ski or snowboarding equipment at
resorts. If you go more than 4-5 times per season with children, consider leasing ski's and snowboards for the entire season.
- Wear a Helmet (adults and children) & look like a Pro (see additional Lids On Kids)
- When buying ski wear, look for fabric that is water and
wind resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and
ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be
adjusted for comfort and keep wind out. Be sure to buy quality clothing and
- Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly
changing temperature. 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. Read more about clothing layers.
- Be prepared. When you are not skiing or boarding, wear a headband or hat, 60 percent of
heat-loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are best).
- Wear sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think,
even on cloudy days!
- Always wear eye protection such as sunglasses and goggles.
While On The Slopes
- Take lessons from a qualified instructor and with practice you can become a good skier or snowboarder
- The key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control, so be aware of your ability, the terrain and the skiers/snowboarders around you. Follow "Your Responsibility Code" below.
- Be aware of snow conditions.
- Skiing and snowboarding require a mental and physical presence.
- If you are on a slope that is too steep, keep your skis/snowboard on and side step down the slope.
- Keep well hydrated-drink water! The all-important warm-up run prepares you mentally and physically for the day ahead. Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated. Read more about hydration and energy.
- Do not Drink Alcohol. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
- Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly and in control.
- If you're tired, stop skiing and rest. Multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts, provide you more time on the slopes so you have time to rest for another run after you rest.
- Wear a helmet! You will look like a pro & live to tell about it!
Your Responsibility Code*
*Adapted from the National Ski Areas Association
Violation can be costly: Any violation local ski resort policies may involve suspension of your skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages of personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.