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Learning to ski or snowboard does not require tremendous athletic ability or superior coordination. Really, all it takes is a sense of adventure and a willingness to give it a try. Even learning to ski or snowboard is fun, but it does require a commitment. As much as you'd like to you're not going to become an expert the first time out. You may spend a little more time on the snow than you expected (especially if you're learning to snowboard). However, with the right attitude, you can excel very quickly to the intermediate level and beyond. Skiing and snowboarding are life-long sports that you will share with your family and friends for years to come. There are very few activities that provide the fun, excitement and pure sense of freedom that these sports offer. ENJOY!

 

DRESS IN LAYERS Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For example, 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 and sweater under your jacket. Ski pants or bibs should be water and wind-resistant to keep you warm and comfortable. Our sport shop has all of these items.

 

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

 

WEAR SUN PROTECTION The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think, even on cloudy days!

 

ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION Have sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can see.

 

KNOW YOUR LIMITS Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly-and in control. Stop before you become fatigued, and, most of all, have fun!

 

ABOUT HELMETS We recommend that parents, skiers and snowboarders educate themselves about the benefits and limitations of helmets and make an informed choice about whether to wear one or have their child wear one. To help you in making this decision, the National Ski Areas Association offers a web site www.lidsonkids.org which is an excellent resource, particularly for parents, interested in learning more about helmet usage on the slopes.