What to expect

Your first day out at a ski and snowboard area can seem a little overwhelming, but we’ve got your back! Here is a little overview of what you can expect on your first day on the slopes.


Depending on when you go, parking can sometimes be busy so please check out the ski area’s website or contact them in advance for information on where to park if the ski area has multiple parking areas. Some ski areas even provide a map on their website so checking that out in advance never hurts.


With most ski areas, the first place to head to is the ticket booth. The ticketing agent will be able to direct you through the process. This is also where you would inquire about beginner packages such as Discover skiing and Snowboarding. A Discover Skiing and Snowboarding package  is a great deal and it includes everything you need like a lift ticket, a beginner lesson and equipment rentals.


Head on over to the rental shop to be outfitted with the equipment you’ll need to get started. The rental shop will provide you with skis, poles, ski boots, snowboard, boots and a helmet.

Remember to be honest about your height and weight as well as your skill level as the rental shop will need this information to make sure the equipment is best suited for you. If you’re travelling with children, don’t forget to have all of their information written down in advance.


Most ski areas will have a ski school meet up spot at the bottom of the hill. Not sure where to go? Ski area staff are there to ensure that you make the most out of your experience and are always willing to give a hand so don’t be shy if you have a question please ask!


Most ski areas have a chalet where you can either purchase a meal or bring your own and have a place to sit and warm up. Check out the ski area’s website or contact them prior to going for more information.

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