LEARN TO SKI & SNOWBOARD!
Humans were never meant to Hibernate
Do you want to learn to ski or learn to snowboard? Already participate and want to improve? CLICK HERE to find out what is offered at your Ski the Northwest Rockies resorts.
Revel in the snow with us. Bring your friends and family. Learn to ski or snowboard by taking lessons from a pro. Beginners will find affordable and convenient learning programs. So will current skiers and snowboarders who want to get better
Skiing or Snowboarding is a life-long sport you're going to love!
Tips and Tricks for the beginners
YOUR FIRST DAY ON THE HILL
Just remember that everyone was a beginner once and they all had a first day. Your instructor will have all the information for you on how to get started. Stop by the ski school to sign up for your lesson.
You can have a lot of fun if you are warm and dry. The best way to dress for winter weather is to wear layers. In general, the three main layers are: 1. Wicking 2. Insulating 3. Weather protection. The Wicking Layer is the layer worn next to your skin, usually consisting of long underwear. Make sure this first layer fits snugly, but not tight in order to wick efficiently. The Insulating Layer is the middle layer that includes sweaters, sweat shirts, vests and pullovers. The Protection Layer is the exterior layer, generally a shell and pants, that serve to guard against the elements of winter. It should repel water from snow, sleet or rain and block the wind, while also letting perspiration evaporate.
Up to 80 percent of your body's heat can escape from an uncovered head, so wearing a HAT or HEADBAND is essential when it's cold. SUNGLASSES do much more than make you look cool - they protect your eyes from damaging solar radiation. GOGGLES are necessary when it’s snowing. GLOVE and MITTENS should also be waterproof and breathable and especially not too tight so that they restrict the warm air movement inside.
WHAT ARE 'SHAPED' SKIS?
Shaped skis are the buzz on the mountain, but what are they exactly? Shaped skis generally have a visible hourglass figure, wide up front and in back and narrow in the middle where your boots clamp into the bindings. Unlike traditional straight skis, the shorter, curvier shaped skis are easier to control, turn, and stop on most types of terrain. Tip the skis on edge as you shift your weight, and the skis will do the work for you. It's kind of like having a steering wheel on board.
WELCOME TO BOOT CAMP
Properly fitted boots with the right flex are essential for controlling your skis and keeping your feet warm. But what should a boot feel like?
A properly fitted ski boot should feel like hands gently clasped around your ankles. Your heels should not slip up and down, your calf muscles shouldn't feel pinched. The boot should feel comfortably snug, but you should be able to wiggle your toes just a little bit. Boots that are too tight cause your feet to get cold, cramp, or go to sleep. You can't do anything on the slopes if you can't feel or move your feet.
They're not for stabbing unfriendly skiers or snowboarders. Ski poles help skiers keep their balance and help initiate turns on the slopes. They're also great for cleaning the snow off your boot soles and pointing out hot skiers from a distance.
* Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
* People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
* You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
* Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
* Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
* Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.