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Insider Tips for First Time Skiers and Riders

What should I wear?

  • Waterproof or water resistant clothing is recommended – pants, jackets and gloves.
  • Dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing as the day progresses.
  • Don’t forget a hat. 20% of your body heat escapes through your head.
  • Socks. Surprisingly, one pair of thin sock is recommended. Ski and snowboard boots are made with insulation to keep feet warm. Too many or thick socks restrict circulation and affect boot fit. Wool or acrylic is better than cotton and you’ll want long socks that extend above your boot.
  • Goggles are especially helpful if snowmaking is going on.
  • Being out in the sun, sunglasses, lip balm and sunscreen are recommended. Sunburn is not just a summer concern.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.


Now that you’re dressed for success, it’s time for a lesson. It’s the best way to improve your technique and you’ll enjoy the sport far more. But don’t stop at one lesson. After your first lessons, spend some time practicing what you’ve learned, then get another lesson and start to fine turn your skills.

Wintergreen offers a wide spectrum of lessons, from group lessons and kids’ programs at the Treehouse to private lessons and special clinics. For kids programs, call The Treehouse at 434-325-8179, or talk to the Snowsports Desk to find out what is the best option for you, call 434-325-8069.

Responsibility Code for Skiers and Snowboarders

Safety first is our top concern at Wintergreen. The National Ski Areas Association has endorsed the following as a code for safety.

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, loop uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Other Tips

  • Midweek is the best time for skiing and snowboarding. Short to non-existent lift lines, no crowds on the slopes and smaller group lessons are just a few of the benefits to a midweek snowday.
  • Rent a locker or basket; it’s a convenient way to store your belongings.
  • Take breaks and relax your muscles.
  • Do not clank skis or boards together while on the lift. It can result in an injury to someone below you.
  • Lift lines; check for a singles lane so you can be paired with someone else. It’s a great way to meet new people.
  • Sit all the way back in your chair and use the restraining bar.
  • When unloading from the lift, move quickly from the unloading zone to avoid those coming behind you.
  • Take a lunch break before or after the noon crush. You’ll have faster service and can get back on the slopes faster.
  • Smile! Skiing and riding is FUN.