Ski Tips #008 - Getting Started


In the immortal words of Warren Miller; world renowned ski film maker, “what you don’t try this year, you’ll only be a year older when you do!” So, with that in mind, now is the best time to give skiing or snowboarding a try! There’s no better way to spend time with your family in the winter and if that wasn’t enough, skiing and snowboarding are life-long sports so if you get your kids started now, the health and fitness benefits are long term and lasting. Our most senior snowboard instructor here at Big White turns 80 this week, no kidding, 80! It’s a life outdoors and enjoying Canadian winters in the mountains that he attributes his wellness to.

Hopefully I’ve peaked your interest! Getting started is a breeze, we’ve got convenient and affordable packages available every day of the week, and they’re what we call our “Discover Programs”. The Discover Program includes everything you need to get up on the mountain and skiing or snowboarding and are available in a half day, full day or four day formats. Now here’s the par that’ll blow your mind, they’re guaranteed! If we can’t get you controlling your speed, stopping and feeling confident by the end of the lesson you come back on us until you can, it’s what we call our “Learn to Ride or Ski Guarantee”/ there’s no fine print, no blackout dates, just the guarantee.

So now you’re in, good news! Here are a few things to consider in terms of what you’ll want to wear. Think of dressing like you would for going to tobogganing, layers are best because if you get too warm you can always peel one off. Start with a base layer, your average long underwear will do. On the top, a mid layer over your base layer is a good plan, something like a fleece pull over works great and then on top of that a waterproof jacket works best. Hey, it’s the outdoors and with any luck it’ll be snowing! Some snow pants on the bottom will work fine, once again waterproof is the best idea. Jeans don’t do so well in terms of keeping you warm in the snow. Some sunglasses or better yet, goggles will be great eye protection. The sun tends to reflect off the snow (hence the awesome spring skiing tan!) so you don’t want to be squinting all day. Last thing, some gloves or mitts. The ones your Grandma knit you for Christmas might be the things you love most in the world and I can’t say I blame you but unfortunately they are the best at keeping your fingers warm and dry on the mountain, waterproof here again is good as well as insulated.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about your first time skiing or snowboarding. All that’s left is a smile but I’m pretty confident that sliding down the slopes with the wind in your face and the sun at your back is going to give you one of those anyway!


Josh Foster – Director of Snow Sports

Big White Ski Resort

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