So, you want to try your hand at skiing! Or maybe you’re interested in snowboarding? Either way, you made a great choice! There’s nothing as exhilarating as getting outdoors and zipping down a mountain with the sun on your face.
But let’s be real for a second—we know why you’re really here. You’re new to the sport and want to avoid looking like a dope on the slope. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there before. Below, we’ll walk you through what to expect on your first day and a few of the essential things you’ll need to prepare.
What to Expect on Your First Day
First, expect to have fun! There’s a reason almost 15 million people hit the slopes every year. Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to get outside, get some exercise, meet new people, and try something new. But before you start, you’ll need to gear up.
We recommend starting by making sure you’ve dressed appropriately for the occasion. You’ll be spending a few hours up on a snowy mountain, and you’re going to get wet.
Avoid heavy cottons that soak up water; instead, stick with synthetics that wick away moisture, and make sure to dress in layers.
Protip: Don’t forget the sunscreen! It’s easier than you might think to get sunburned on the slopes, particularly when you’re surrounded by snow.
Prepare yourself ahead of time to stay comfortable during your trip.
Getting Geared Up
Next, you’ll be ready to head to the lodge. This is where you’ll be able to prepare for your trip up the mountain and rent any gear you and your crew don’t have.
(What if I don’t have any gear?)
Don’t worry! Everything you need to ski is available to rent and we have a crack team of professionals waiting to help you choose the right size of skis, boots, and get everything set up correctly. If you haven’t already bought them online, you can also buy your lift passes here.
Once all this is done, you’ll be ready to hit the slopes!
Out on the Snow
Depending on where you’re starting your adventure, you’ll either walk up one of our dedicated beginner slopes or take a lift up to the starting area. Don’t feel intimidated by what others are doing! You don’t have to tackle any steep slopes (or any slopes at all) until you’re ready.
Most people spend their first day learning to balance, get in and out of the gear, move yourself forward, make turns, and stop. This process is a lot of fun, particularly here at Wachusett. People are friendly and are usually more than willing to help newbies find their mountain legs.
Take your time and enjoy the process. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn some great skills, and yes, you WILL fall. Then you’ll fall some more. You’ll fall so much that you’ll develop a great sense of humor about your ability to eat snow—and that’s just how it should be. All skiers look back fondly on these early days, so enjoy them while they last! Plus, it makes for an even better experience if you’re not the only one eating snow that day!
Because, when all is said and done, every day is someone’s first day on the slope. Everyone’s there to have a good time, and none of us are out there alone.
Consider Pro Instruction
If you really want to get in on the action, we recommend starting with a beginner lesson. We have all sorts of options, from group and half-day sessions to private instruction.
Getting inside info from a professional ski instructor is without a doubt the best way to learn the fundamentals, but just as importantly, they’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to ski safely—both as a beginner and as your skills progress.
Overall, don’t be shy about getting out there! New skiers join the ranks every day, so you’ll be in good company. Just relax, enjoy your time on the snow, and have fun!