After long months of leaves changing and daily temperatures slowly becoming colder, snow is finally here!
Stoke for Snowbasin Resort’s 75th season is high. Start it off right with these tips for your family’s first day on snow:
Get those boots and skis on at home first! We make sure everyone’s (especially the kid’s) bindings are adjusted correctly and all the kids remember how to get their boots on, off and buckled. We even practice clipping in and out of the skis a few times just to refresh our memories before attempting it on snow.
Pack your ski gear the night before. So a few year back we were those parents… who forgot their kids ski boots. In the chaos of gearing up our kids and ourselves to get out the door to ski, we forgot one item that was a deal breaker. Save yourself time and stress by packing helmets, goggles, mittens, skis, poles and boots in the car the night before.
And when or if you forget something anyways? The rental shops can always help you out.
Dress in your warmest gear. Obviously, check the local forecast before stepping out the door, but historically November and December is cold and windy in Utah. Combine that with the fact that many of us are not acclimatized to the cold weather yet and those first ski days can be frigid. And cold kids are not happy kids. So pack the heavy jackets, purchase balaclavas to protect everyone’s face from the cold, and toss in a few extra dollars for hot chocolate at the Needles Lodge.
Unlike, your best friend from childhood, most us us don’t pick up skiing again where we left off. So set low expectations for the first day on skis. We have all season to prove to ourselves and our friends how cool we are… trying it on the first day often ends in injury.
Review all safety rules and mountain etiquette with your kids. My kids are so excited to ski they forget all about watching for fallen skiers, yielding to uphill skiers when crossing a run, or even waiting in line at the terrain park. A simple reminder on the way to the ski area will keep everyone safer.
So cheers to Snowbasin Reorts’s 75th year! May it be filled with smiles, powder and blue bird days.
Alyssa Erickson I am a wife, mom, rock climber, skier, coffee lover and all around adventure lover with a passion for writing. I have my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado and am the founder of KidProject.org. I live and play near the Wasatch Range, partnering with my husband and teaching my kids to make the most of life and the One who gave it to us.