Getting Ready for Your Best Day on the Mountain

Posted on February 1, 2022
Family Ski School lesson at Haymeadow Park in Beaver Creek, CO.

Our Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School Instructors are ready to welcome you to Beaver Creek and create a day of learning, adventure, and FUN! We’ve asked a few of them to tell us how you can arrive ready to roll and make the most of the day, and here are their top five tips:

  1. Get comfortable with your equipment before you arrive. If you are renting skis, boots, and/or a snowboard, make sure to try it on before your lesson. If you’re arriving the day before your lesson, pick your gear up starting at 3 PM the day prior to your reservation at no additional cost – your future-self will thank you! If you are using your own equipment, it’s still wise to try it on and make sure everything is in working order before you arrive.

  2. Get altitude ready. If you aren’t used to being above sea level, it’s ideal to arrive a day or so early to give your body time to settle in. Regardless of when you arrive, be sure to hydrate in the days leading up to your trip and continue once you are at altitude. Hydration is key to avoiding unpleasant side effects of altitude. Once you’re here, don’t push too hard on day one, and if you feel any discomfort, move lower down the mountain and take a break.

  3. Layer your clothes. It’s tempting to overdress for playing in the snow, but you want to dress in layers that are easy to take off or put on. Wicking, non-cotton fabrics work best. And don’t forget ski socks (just one pair!) for under your boots! Lockers are available to store extra clothing.

  4. Introduce kids to what the day will look like. The best thing you can do for your child is help them mentally prepare for the day. Show them ski videos (appropriate for their level), show them pictures of our resort, and talk to them about what kind of activities a Ski and Snowboard School instructor might do with them. If they live somewhere where snow doesn’t fall, make sure they understand what snow is! Just like adults, make sure to try on their equipment ahead of time and make sure they hydrate in the days leading up to their lesson.

  5. Visit the Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School before your lesson. If you arriving before your scheduled lesson, stop in and say hi! If you drop in mid-morning or mid-afternoon, we can chat with you and/or your child about what the day will look like and give you an opportunity to ask questions and get comfortable.

Be sure to watch your email for a complete list of pre-lesson day preparation from our Ski and Snowboard School. We can’t wait to add you to our roster of skiers and show you all we have to offer at Beaver Creek!

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