Learning a new sport can be tough on your first day, but don’t be discouraged! It is our goal to make your experience easy and hassle-free. Here are a few ideas to help you with your first day on the slopes…
What to Wear
Dress in Layers
Wearing layers keeps you warmer because it lets you adjust your clothing if the temperature changes as the day goes on. The morning might be chilly while the afternoon sun can make you bake. It’s also a good idea to wear moisture “wicking” clothing to stay dry and comfortable. The “wicking” keeps the sweat away from your body.
Your outermost layer should be wind and water resistant, including your pants. Clothes such as jeans or sweatpants just don’t cut it, and are only going to guarantee you’ll be wet and cold. One pair of quality “wicking” socks will keep your feet nice and warm. More isn’t always better when it comes to your feet, so don’t bother with the second pair of socks.
Always Wear Mittens or Gloves
Keep your hands warm, dry, and protected with a good pair of waterproof gloves or mittens. This is a “must have.”
Sure beanies look cool, but consider a helmet. No, not a motorcycle or bike helmet; I’m talking about one specifically made for skiing or snowboarding. With the latest styles, they look just as cool as beanies and they’re safer for your skull. The best helmet is the one that fits. You’re confused about how to tell if it fits? Ask the sales person at your local shop, or a rental shop tech, to explain it to you.
Parents—if you’re worried about your munchkin’s head outgrowing a new helmet every season, check out our helmet rental program. We offer season long helmet rentals at an affordable price in a variety of sizes.
Remember—You can lose up to 20% of your body heat through your head. Keep it covered to stay warm.
Wear Sunscreen and Lip Balm
The sun’s rays are less filtered at higher elevations. Snow also reflects sun rays like a giant mirror, making them even more intense. Wind can burn your skin too. It’s tough to explain to your boss or teacher why you’re bright red when you supposedly “spent the day in bed recovering from that nasty flu virus that’s going around.” Protect your skin and you won’t have to think of any excuses!
Goggles and Sunglasses
Remember the last time you walked out of a dark movie theater into the bright sunlight and were temporarily blinded? Since the bright sunlight is reflecting off the snow, there is no “temporarily” in this situation. Get some goggles or sunglasses that will protect your peepers.
But you say “it’s not sunny so I don’t need glasses or goggles.” Ever tried to keep your eyes open while rippin’ down the slopes while it’s snowing? It’s painful and difficult to see. Do yourself a favor and don the eye protection.