Tips For Heading Out
Getting started is Easy with a Little Help! Skiing and snowboarding is fun and exciting however arriving at a resort and being on snow for the first time can seem a bit intimidating. Being at an Alberta Ski Resort is all about having fun on snow so we want to give you a few tips to make the experience the best possible.
Plan to Take A Lesson!!
First of all if you have never been on snow before or have only given it a try once or twice the single best advice is to TAKE A LESSON from a professional. Every Resort offers all sorts of group or private lesson packages to fit your schedule. Getting instruction from a professional will not only teach you how to ski or snowboard properly and quickly but will also familiarize you with the ski or snowboard equipment, different types of ski lifts you will be using and where to or where not to be skiing or boarding at the Resort. Phone or go online and get information in advance of your arrival to book a lesson or find out lesson times.
Know the Alpine Responsibility Code
Because of the individual nature of the sport and the environment of all ski areas being on snow is both challenging and rewarding to each and every participant, however it also means that participants outside of lesson times can not be supervised by resort staff. As such it is not recommended that children under 12 years of age ski or snowboard unaccompanied. Children when not in a lesson are responsible for their choice of where to ski or board and their individual behavior. All participants must obey the Alpine Responsibility Code while on the hill. The Alpine Responsibility code is a set of 10 ski and snowboarding rules and it is important that you familiarize yourself with this code.
Before You Get on the Road
Check the Weather - Winter in Alberta can be the most beautiful time of the year but it also offers rapidly changing weather patterns. As such always check what the weather and temperature is going to be both at the Resort and on the journey to the Resort.
Check the Road Reports - Winter driving means always being prepared for cold, snowy or icy conditions and varying road conditions. Road reports are available on line and if you are not usre make a few phone calls to verify what the roads are like. Always take a winter emergency road kit with you on your journey and make sure someone else knows what your travel plans are.
Have a check list for your equipment - Nothing is worse than arriving at the Resort and realizing you have forgotten something. Skis-Boots- Poles-Helmet-proper ski wear etc. should all be on your list and checked as you load them for the trip. This is particularly important for the Kids.
Arriving at the Resort
Although all resorts are slightly different generally speaking when you arrive at the Resort if you are in a car you will need to park in the public parking area and walk to the Day Lodge. If you arrive on a Bus it will drop you off close to the Day Lodge area. At the Daylodge area you will find the Guest Services, Snow School and lift ticket purchasing kiosks.
For rental equipment you will need to go to the Resort’s Rental Shop most likely located at the base of the resort. Renting equipment to get started is the best and most economical way to introduce you and your family to the sport. Affordable Equipment packages are available for everyone. If you plan to ski on a regular basis purchasing your own equipment is a great investment.
Season Passes, Day Lift Tickets and Special Deals
If you plan to ski or board on a regular basis at a particular resort then a season pass will be the best possible deal. Many resorts also offer special deals such as “Discount Cards” that provide far better value than purchasing single day lift passes. Always ask at the Resort for the best possible deal for your situation. Every Resort wants you to get the best possible value for your skiing dollar.
Families are very important to the Ski Industry and almost all resorts have put together very affordable packages for the family. Family Season Lift Passes, and Family day passes all provide the best price for a family whether you are just starting out or ski and board regularly. Remember, skiing and snowboarding are one of the few winter sports you can actually participant together as a family. It is fantastic family fun.
We sincerely want to help you start skiing in the most affordable and fun way possible so please contact the resort of your choice for any further information that may help you get started