New to skiing or snowboarding? Here are some Quick Tips!


Quick Tips:

  • Avoid borrowing skis and snowboards from friends, as they are fitted according to height and weight.
  • If you are renting, arrive an hour early to give yourself enough time in the rental shop (the building with the green roof) and ensure the gear is properly fitted.
  • Do not wear cotton socks ( Tips on how to dress…Base layer, Insulation layer, and Outer layer)
  • Check the weather prior to your arrival ( get the FORECAST HERE
  • Bring an extra clothing layer for colder weather
  • Buddy up so you have a friend to ride the lift with once you’ve graduated from lessons and the bunny hill
  • Don’t give up- learning a new skill can sometimes be frustrating, but pushing yourself to your full potential is a rewarding experience
  • Keep hydrated and avoid beverages like coffee and hot chocolate as they can dehydrate you.
  • Reward yourself, save the hot chocolate for the end of your lesson and give yourself something to look forward to!

Dress for the weather and Layer Up: 

  • Here’s a rundown on what sort of clothes your kids should wear when skiing to avoid hypothermia and frostbite:
    • Thermal underwear — As with all ski clothing, long underwear should be made of wool or a synthetic fabric such as polypropylene rather than cotton, which will stay wet and cold if it gets wet. The best long johns will fit snugly against kids’ skin to form a warm base layer that their outer layers can fit over easily.
    • Thermal socks — Thicker is not necessarily better when it comes to socks. A sock that is too thick will make boots too tight, which will make kids’ feet uncomfortable and cold. Choose socks that are the right thickness for your kids’ boots and reach up their legs to just below the knees.
    • Intermediate layers — Fleeces or sweaters made from wool or synthetic fabrics work best. Try to find ones that aren’t too bulky to fit under your child’s jacket.
    • Ski pants — These should be the right size while allowing kids’ legs to move freely. Be sure to get them pants that are windproof and waterproof or water-resistant.
    • Jacket — The best jackets will have plenty of pockets to store gear. Many people like down jackets, which tend to be the warmest kind, but thin shells with extra intermediate layers can work just as well. As with ski pants, all ski jackets should protect against the elements and be windproof and waterproof or water-resistant.
    • Neck gaiter — On really cold days, you’ll want your kids to have a gaiter that covers their neck and can be pulled up to cover their face. The best ones will also have a hood to go under their helmet.
    • Hat — We lose a lot of heat through the top of our heads, so keeping the head warm is the first step to keeping the rest of the body warm. When not wearing a helmet, a ski hat will help keep your child’s head warm.
  • VERY IMPORTANT:
    • Wear a warm (non-cotton) base layer, mid layer and a waterproof exterior layer
    • Cotton does not dry quickly enough and will not keep you warm! Try materials like wool, polyester, rayon, or other synthetic materials

GOT RENTALS? Go to our West Mountain Sports rental shop (the building with the green roof):

  • Pick up your gear and assure that it is properly fitted and comfortable (prefits are preseason)
  • The friendly staff at the West Mountain Sports rental shop will help get you suited up
  • Have rental questions? Call 518-636-3699 x343 to speak with the Rental Shop!

Signing up for Lessons:

  • Reservations are strongly recommended to ensure availability for your preferred day and time.
  • Please call 518-636-3699 x336 with any questions about lessons or to make a reservation.

Graduating Lessons: 

Now that you are ready to hit the rest of the mountain, there are a few things you will want to be sure on, to make a positive experience.

  • Do you know how to get off the chair lift?  http://www.kidsonlifts.org/ 
  • Do you know how to stop?
  • Are you linking turns?
  • Do you have a buddy so you are not alone on the mountain?
  • Do you know how to read the trail map, to avoid hitting more difficult terrain?
  • Know the conditions, different conditions can make the beginner skiing/riding experience either fun and exciting or extremely difficult and discouraging.