You’ve planned the trip, secured the lessons, and your kids couldn’t be more excited to learn how to ski or ride. Now, all that’s left is the packing list. While it might seem overwhelming, especially if your child is a first-timer, we’re here to make sure everyone is prepared for a great day on the mountain. So, without further ado, here’s how to set your child up for success at Ski + Ride School.
Drop-Off Pep Talk
Pack some confidence-boosting high-fives so kids can start the day on the right foot. A good attitude goes a long way when trying something new. As a small note, we’ve also heard from our instructors that kids do better when their parents aren’t watching, so feel free to explore the mountain until pickup time.
The goal for the day: keep kids cozy and comfortable. We want our students to have clothing that keeps out the cold and allows them to move while they exercise. Here’s how to bundle them up:
- Base layers: a set of long underwear (top and bottoms)
- One mid-layer (fleece or sweatshirt)
- Wool or synthetic socks (the thinner the better)
- Winter coat (insulated and waterproof)
- Snow pants or bibs (waterproof)
- Waterproof mittens (mittens are a lot warmer and easier for kids to put on)
- Neck buff or neck gaiter
Gear & Mountain Access
You’ll also need to equip your young explorer with the proper gear. If you don’t have something on the list, don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of rental options on-site with friendly experts ready to help. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Goggles or sunglasses
- Skis or Snowboard
- Ski or Snowboard Boots (snug fit)
Most lesson packages don’t include on-mountain access, so make sure your little ones have their lift tickets handy.
While full-day lessons include lunch, it’s still a good idea to pack snacks. Pocket snacks like granola bars are a great way to boost energy throughout the day and keep kids motivated.
It’s all about sun, fun, and staying warm up here in the Rocky Mountains. Help prepare your kids with a few essentials for the elements like:
- Hand warmers
- Toe warmers
If your child has a medical condition, be sure to let your instructor know and bring along necessary prescriptions. Instructors will carry medication/EpiPens in a marked pack with a form that you can fill out with specifics. While instructors can’t administer the medication, they will call Ski Patrol if your child has trouble taking it themselves.
Kids are welcome to bring phones and hold onto them during the day. However, we also give each of our students a GPS Flaik device to keep track of their location and stats. At the end of the day, kids and parents can check out vertical feet, number of runs, and more awesome accomplishments on the Flaik website.
When it’s time to reunite with your little pro, you’ll want to have a big hug ready to congratulate them for a brave day on the slopes. Commemorate the day with a cup of hot cocoa at Goody’s and some sweets at Treeline Treats.