Snowbasin Resort's unique approach to teaching makes learning to ski or snowboard easier and more fun. Our specially trained snow grooming crew excels at building features to facilitate the learning process. Our special features along with highly trained instructors make learning to ski or snowboard quicker, safer and more fun!
If it is your first time on skis or a snowboard, you've come to the right place! Below is a guide for your first time in a snow sports lesson.
Layering clothing allows you to remain comfortable all day as you learn to ski. Start with a base layer of thermal underwear (shirt and leggings) which wicks moisture (sweat) away from the skin, keeping you dry and warm. Avoid a cotton base layer, as cotton soaks up moisture and holds it. On top of your thermal base layer, you may want a fleece layer for insulation. This mid-layer should be loose enough to trap air between layers, but not so bulky that it restricts movement. Finally, a waterproof exterior layer (shell pants and jacket) will ensure staying dry and comfortable all day. If you often get cold or it is a particularly chilly day, adding an additional fleece or thermal layer is a good idea. You can always take a layer off!
Eye protection is necessary while on the mountain, due to direct sun and reflective glare, flat light, wind and snow that your eyes should not be subject to. Goggles are better than sunglasses for snow sports as they protect from the wind coming in the sides and will keep you warmer. They make goggles that go over eye glasses and fit a variety of face shapes and sizes. Stop into the Grizzly Center retail shop and ask for help finding the perfect pair for you.
Helmets are highly recommended. The Grizzly Center rental shop rents helmets for just $10 a day.
Wear one pair of thin or medium thickness socks. Multiple pairs or big thick socks will wrinkle and be very uncomfortable in your boots. The socks should fit well, with no extra material hanging off your foot. Make sure your socks are dry before you put on your boots.
Waterproof and warm gloves are necessary for a fun day on the slopes. Select gloves or mittens that are made for freezing temps and are water resistant. Gloves offer more dexterity while mittens are generally warmer.
Even if you rarely burn, or if it is not a sunny day, sunscreen while skiing is highly recommended. The sun’s rays are amplified by their reflection off of the white snow. Bring along sunscreen and lip protection to reapply throughout the day and wear goggles to protect your eyes. The Grizzly Center Retail Shop, located in the Grizzly Center in the entrance closest to the Needles Gondola carries a wide variety of everything you will need for a great day on the slope. Stop by and let our friendly staff outfit you head to toe!
Professional instruction is the fastest way to get real enjoyment out of the sport. Your instructor will teach you everything you need to know to start skiing or snowboarding. You will learn basic information about your equipment, putting it on and taking it off, how to carry it and how to walk in it. You will learn how to ride a lift up the hill, how to turn left and right and how to stop. You will also learn about trail signs and the Responsibility Code. Avoid the confusion and frustration of trying to teach yourself or having an unqualified friend or family member attempt to teach you and have a great first experience!
For the average person, it usually takes three lessons to feel comfortable and be able to control your speed on intermediate terrain. Your first lesson helps you learn to keep your balance and get familiar with sliding while staying on your feet. The first lesson is mostly spent in the Meadow next to the Grizzly Center, and on the Grizzly Carpet at the top of the Littlecat Lift. A second lesson makes the transition to intermediate terrain and the third lesson gets you comfortable and confident on intermediate terrain. After these lessons, you will be hooked on your new lifelong sport! Practice your new skills on your own and return for another lesson once you are ready to progress to the next step.
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