Lessons, Lift Ticket and Rental Equipment
Good for YOU - about to learn how to ski or snowboard. Step one is to dress for warmth. See our How to Dress section. Most beginner lesson packages include gear to get you out on snow, and a lift ticket to get you up the hill. For skiers, rental equipment includes skis, ski boots, and poles (depending on your age). For snowboarders, rental gear includes a snowboard and snowboard boots. The staff at the rental shop will help you select and get fitted with the right gear.
Here's what to expect.
You will need to fill out a registration form (See Rental Process). It provides the staff with the information they need to outfit you with the proper equipment. You'll be asked your height, weight, age, gender, and shoe size. Please be accurate. The type, size, and equipment settings vary depend on the information you provide.
First Come the Boots
When the rental form is filled out, next is getting fitted for ski or snowboard boots. Comfortably fitting boots is key to an enjoyable lesson experience. Wear a warm pair of moisture-wicking socks (1 pair of socks only and not cotton). Let the technician know about any areas of pinching or discomfort. Comfort is important because you will be in these boots for the entire length of the lesson. Take your time to ensure a good fit.
Next - Skis or Snowboard.
Skis and snowboards are measured in centimeters (cm). The length of your skis or snowboard depends on your height, weight, and ability level. The rental technician will determine what skis or snowboard is right for you.
Skis and snowboards both utilize bindings. They attach your boots to the ski or snowboard. For skiers, bindings have settings that allow release from your boots if you fall - and you probably will fall. This is called the DIN setting. It is determined by your height, weight, and ability level. If you bought used skis from somewhere other than a ski shop, be sure to have your DIN setting checked by a rental shop technician.
Finally, ski poles are designed to assist with balance and more. Snowboarders do not use poles.
Frequently, children are not given ski poles until they reach a certain ability level. Many beginner adults will start the lesson without poles. Adults are typically introduced to poles once they learn to stop and begin making turns.