Beginner Tips: How shall I dress for my lesson?
You’ll want to dress for warmth and comfort. Winter temperatures and weather conditions in the Cascades can vary significantly from day to day and even hour to hour.
Bottom Insulating Layer
Synthetic and wool fabrics are best. Long underwear made from polypropylene or a similar (non cotton) fabric, will wick moisture away from your skin.
Middle Insulating Layer
Mid weight insulating layer will provide warmth. A heavy weight or multiple mid weight layers may be used for colder conditions. Layers allow for easy temperature regulation. Too warm? Remove a layer. Need more Warmth? Add a layer.
Top Weather Proof Layer
Water resistant/proof outer shell. Your pants and jacket should have some level of water resistance to them. This will help to keep you dry and warm.
Try to find a thin pair of synthetic socks that help to wick moisture away from your feet. Thicker socks can help to pad your feet, but be careful, if they are too thick they will bunch up and cut off your circulation and make your feet cold and uncomfortable in side your boots.
Gloves will protect your hands and help keep them warm. Glove liners are a good way to make sure chronically cold fingers stay warm and dry. Wrist guards can be worn underneath gloves and may help prevent wrist injuries, especially important for Snowboarders.
Hat and/or Helmet
A knit or fleece hat that covers the ears. Because you can lose up to 75% of your body heat from your head, a hat is crucial in a mountain winter environment. Helmets offer excellent warmth and safety .
Goggles are the best choice for most conditions. They keep the falling snow out of the eyes. Sunglasses are great for sunny days.
Always protect your skin whenever you are in the mountain environment.
Other Helpful Tips
Keep hydrated throughout the day. Even if you feel cold, your body is using up lots of water by keeping you both warm and upright!
Get to know the mountain by checking out the mountain map or picking up a free trail map from any ticket window, lift operator, at the rental or snowsports counter.
Review the Skier/Rider Responsibility Code and other safety tips.