For a first time
Are you a first-time skier? Simply follow these helpful tips. After your first lesson, you might not quite be a ski champ but you’ll love the rush of sliding that will make you want to go for another run. Your first time skiing, follow these four simple tips: it starts with getting organized!
1. My needs
Trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time? Taking up skiing again, after a few years’ absence? Determining your needs is key to making a success of your first outing.
Good intentions are well and swell, but good technique is far better. It starts with being able to stand on your skis. Remember, a few lessons at a ski area go a long way, and your experience will be even more exciting! Passionate ski pros easily adjust to your skill level. Besides, you’ll start with the right technique!
Read more about Beginner Ski Packages click here
Ski equipment rentals
Ski equipment rentals are an affordable way to ski for the first time. You’ll also be sure you are properly geared up, according to your needs. When you buy a Ski Area Beginner Package, it includes your rental equipment and lift ticket.
Borrowing gear from a friend or family member? You MUST have your bindings adjusted. For a few dollars, you can have your bindings adjusted at most ski areas, and then enjoy a safe ski experience.
Did You Know?
Trail Difficulty Symbols:
Bindings, DIN, snowplow… Skiing, like every other sport, is loaded with terms you need to understand so you can have fun. Read more about ski terminology here.
Wearing a helmet is optional, except in snowparks where it is mandatory. Did you know helmets have a life span? Read more about helmets, over here.
Outer- & InnerWear
Make the most of your outdoor winter activity by layering your clothing. If you’re hot, you can always take off an item and if you’re cold, you can always add one.
- Base Layer: First against your skin, this layer keeps you dry and releases perspiration moisture quickly.
- Second Layer: It insulates against the cold.
- Third Layer: It protects you from both wind and water. While outerwear must be wind and water resistant, it must also be capable of releasing any moisture due to perspiration.
To give you a concrete idea of the initiation, watch Julie and her daughters learn how to ski for the first time! (french only)
2. My ski area
Choose how many kilometres you are prepared to travel, or the region you wish to visit. Make sure the ski area you have selected has beginner trails. A number of mountains have a Magic Carpet® and a learning area so you can enjoy carving your first turns.
Did You Know?
The Monski Recognition Program recognizes ski area commitment to new skiers. Ski areas pledge to offer:
- a beginner learning area
- a simple, friendly process
- the best on-trail experience possible
- continually improved services
No car? No problem!
Here is a few interesting options for the ones who want to access the mountain by public transportation:
To get to Ski Saint-Bruno with Longueuil’s public transportation.
Mount Gleason is offering many options of transportation to the ski area, by bus or carpooling. Also, electric cars are more than welcome a the ski area, that offers a few electrical terminals for their clients.
To get to 4 ski areas in Lanaudière, from Montréal.
For a day-trip (or more!) to Quebec’s ski areas, or other ski areas in North America.
These are just a few examples, many other options are available to those who want to get out of town to get some fresh air at the ski area!
3. Getting Ready
Getting your belongings together beforehand means you avoid the inconvenience of forgetting something.
- Ski pass/Lift ticket
- Warmups & jacket
- Ski socks (2)
- Mitts (2)
- Ski or snowboard boots
- Skis & poles or snowboard
- Hand- & foot-warmers
- Water bottle
Did You Know?
- Humidity is ennemy # 1 out in the cold. The dryer your clothing, the more comfortable you’ll be. Avoid garments that get wet easily, like jeans and cotton.
- Wait until you arrive at the ski area before putting on your wool socks.
- Remember to bring a warm pair of mitts or gloves, a tuque, a tube and 2 pairs of wool socks (an extra pair so your feet stay dry, if necessary).
- Goggles play an important role in protecting your eyes, and helping you see clearly even if it’s snowing. If you don’t have a pair of goggles, wear sunglasses.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, WEAR A HELMET. You’ll only be more confident ‒ and warmer too.
4. The Big Day
A few tips to make sure you have a great time on your first big day out on the trails:
Arrive Ahead of Time
On your first visit to the mountain, it is advised you arrive 45 to 60 minutes before your lesson begins. This way, you’ll have time to acquaint yourself with the site, prepare for your lesson and collect your rental equipment, if required. Certain ski areas have several parking lots, meaning some can be a fair distance from the foot of the trails. You could therefore have to walk or ride a shuttle.
Plan to Take Breaks, Rehydrate Eat Snacks
Stopping from time to time is important ‒ to rest, rehydrate and eat! Even if it’s not too cold out on the trails, on your first ski outing you are working new muscles, and may tire sooner. Take time to stop and eat a snack. Your wellness and safety depend on it!
The Golden Rule: Stay in Control!
Always control your speed and direction. Be able to stop, or avoid a person or obstacle, at all times. Skiers and riders are responsible for their maneuvers. You must therefore choose trails that match your skill level and be careful, meaning you must be able to react quickly and avoid collisions. Read the Mountain Code of Conduct.
Did You Know?
Remember to wear sunscreen ‒ even in winter! Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, snow reflects the sun’s rays all day long.