Where to Go, What to KnowThe process you can expect
Do you have what you need for a day on snow?
C. Neck warmer
E. Snow Jacket
F. Gloves and mittens
G. Snow pants
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HELMET & HEADWEAR
Hat: When you are not skiing, it is ideal to wear a hat during the cold Canadian winters. Up to 60% of your body's heat can escape from an uncovered head!
GOGGLES & SUNGLASSES
Sunglasses: You may find sunglasses work well in good weather and sunny days while most people prefer goggles.
Base layer: This close-fitting layer, casually called long underwear, will retain warmth next to your skin. Look for words like thermal or wicking when choosing long underwear. Pro tip: Cotton fabric is not ideal as a base layer for outdoor activities. Cotton doesn’t allow your sweat to evaporate causing the layer to lose insulating qualities.
Mid layer: This middle layer includes sweaters, sweatshirts, vests and pullovers. The purpose of this layer is to keep heat in and cold out, which is accomplished by trapping air between the fibers. Popular insulation materials include fleece and wool.
GLOVES & MITTENS
When choosing gloves and mittens look for waterproof and breathable fabrics.
Gloves give you more dexterity because each finger is separated. Due to each finger being separated, they tend to be a colder option and are not recommended for kids. Lots of skiers and riders like gloves in the spring months.
Mittens provide more warmth as all fingers are together except for the thumb. Although you lose some dexterity, they are easier to put on making it a great option for kids!
Whatever type of snow pants you prefer make sure they are waterproof! Pro tip: Jeans or any other non-waterproof material are not recommended for snow sports.
Ski socks are different than hiking or ankle socks. These socks are long and stop just below the knee for better comfort in your ski or snowboard boots. Look for light-weight or medium-weight ski socks. These work best for skiing, snowboarding or even snowshoeing. Ski socks are made from a variety of materials, including polyester, silk, wool and nylon. Some ski socks have wicking properties similar to long underwear, meaning your feet will stay dry and comfortable. Pro tip: It is recommended to put a dry pair of socks when you put your ski or snowboard boots on.
Reserve your Seats in Advance
Don’t spend valuable après time waiting in line for a table. If you’re looking at hitting up Grand Central Lodge or Bullwheel Pub, reserve your tables in advance! Take the hassle out of your dining or après planning and secure your space now for the entire season!
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Once you have found your parking spot, please visit the Rentals Centre at Activity Central in the Village, or at South Base Lodge to pick up your lift ticket and equipment.
After picking up your lift ticket and rentals, head to the learning centre directly outside of either Rental building. Look for the Snow How pillars!
On-Hill: Ready, Set, SNOW!
Expect to have fun as you tackle a new and challenging task. The most important part is to have fun, if you get frustrated or stuck, take a break, watch other skiers or riders and then pick up where you left off.
ALPINE RESPONSIBILITY CODE
Always stay in control. You must be able to avoid other people or objects.
People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
Do not stop where you obstruct a are not visible from above.
Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
If you are involved in or witness a collision/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired alcohol or drugs.
You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
Take a Break
There is so much to explore at Blue Mountain. Here is a checklist of things you can do for a break or après (after skiing and snowboarding).
● If you get cold, head inside for a warm mug of hot chocolate – it’s sure to make learning easier!
● Try the classic Canadian Poutine at Jozo’s.
● Want to Après? Wrap your hands around a warm glass of mulled wine at the Grand Central Lodge or head to the original Après spot Jozo’s.
● Take a walk through the Village.