Is it your first time to Snowriver Mountain Resort?
Or maybe even your first time ever skiing or snowboarding? We are here to help you get off on the right "slope."
Dress Appropriately & Wear Layers
- Dress in layers. Layering can accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. Dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater, and jacket.
- Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, 60 percent of heat loss is through the head.
- Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
- Try to avoid cotton at all costs. Cotton is not a "wicking" fabric, meaning it does not act to absorb or draw off liquid from your body. Wool or a synthetic blend is best.
- Look for "synthetics" for your underlayers which will be your best option and wool ski or snowboard socks.
Take a lesson. No matter how old you are.
You'll improve the most when you receive guidance and feedback.
- Take a lesson from one of our qualified instructors and you'll safely learn more in a one-hour lesson than you will all day on your own.
- Click here for information on our lesson packages.
Make sure your equipment is right for you.
Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly. You can rent quality ski or snowboarding equipment from Snowriver Mountain Resort at both the Jackson Creek Summit chalet and Black River Basin lodge. Click here to view our rentals page.
Know Your Limits.
Skiing and snowboarding is an athletic sport and it takes a lifetime to master. Remember that learning is a part of the fun, and falling will certainly occur. Just remember to not get frustrated and once you get it, it will change your life!
- If you're tired, stop skiing. Injuries usually result from fatigue. Have a seat and enjoy the people around you.
- Most of all, have fun.
Know the Code & Be Safe.
All of the ski areas across the country abide by the "Your Responsibility Code."
- Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
- People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
- Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
- Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
- You must prevent runaway equipment.
- Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
- Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.
Checklist for your trip:
- Hat, or even better a helmet! If your head is warm, the rest of you is likely to stay warm. Helmets actually will keep you safe and warm.
- Waterproof Gloves/Mittens - Mittens are warmest.
- Goggles/Sunglasses - Goggles are strongly recommended on cold or snowy days for warmth and increased visibility.
- Jacket/Parka (water resistant)
- Synthetic or Wool Based Layers for Top & Bottom - it's better to be warm than cold, you can always shed layers. Synthetic materials help to wick moisture away from your skin. Do not wear cotton as a base layer.
- Snow/Water Resistant Pants - Very Important. Your 1st day will acquaint your butt with the snow; keep it warm & dry.
- Warm, Dry Socks - No cotton. Wear only one pair of socks.
- Sunscreen - SPF 15 or higher.
- Lip Balm
- Snack, Fruit, Energy Bar
- Trail Map - Available at no charge in the lodge
- ID, Wallet, Cash
- Extra Clothes, Shoes - To change into when you're done, in order to go out and celebrate your 1st day!
- Equipment - If you are not renting: either skis, poles and boots; or snowboard and snowboard-specific boots