Take a lesson! No matter how old you are.
- Too many accidents happen when loading/unloading from a chairlift. Your friends may be qualified to do Double Black Diamonds. Bottom line: if it makes you feel uncomfortable, level up with a lesson before risking injury.
- 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. You'll improve the most when you receive guidance and feedback.
Make sure your equipment is right for you.
- Improper equipment can lead to injury. DIN settings on skis allow a skiers' boot to pop out of the ski when pressure is applied. When a DIN setting is too tight and a fall happens, the ski doesn't come off, causing one of the most common ski injuries: torn ACL or meniscus in the knee.
- Using improperly sized equipment slows your learning. It's easy to want to ride the gear you have, but your big brother's hand-me-downs or your 10-year-old Middle School gear won't get you far.
- 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.
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, take breaks. Injuries usually result from fatigue. Have a seat and enjoy the people around you. Refuel with snacks and warm beverages, and listen to your body when it's time to be done.
- Most of all, have fun. Competition can drive us to do better, but taking things too far to keep up can be unsafe and cause us to walk away from a great sport out of frustration. Relax, and enjoy yourself!
- Be mindful of weather. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes - 60% of heat loss is through the top of your head. PRO TIP: Thin caps can fit nicely under helmets.
- Water-proof hand protection. Protecting those extremities is crucial to preventing cold-weather injuries. Making sure your gloves or mittens are water-proof (and even bringing a backup pair) ensures warm, dry hands throughout the day or weekend! PRO-TIP: Mittens are warmer because they allow the heat from all your fingers to keep each other warm.
- Hand warmers are your friend. Hand and boot warmers come in all varieties. From disposable to re-usable, they keep those little piggies warm in even the coldest of temperatures.