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Tips for Your First Day

Tips for Your First Day

Take a lesson! Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from one of our qualified instructors. You'll safely learn more in a 1 hour lesson than you will all day on your own.


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  • Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly. You can rent quality ski or snowboarding equipment at Cascade Mountain. Click here to view our rentals page.
  • Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constant changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Bring an extra sweater and jacket.
  • Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, 60 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
  • Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard in control.
  • If you're tired, stop skiing. Stop before you become fatigued. Injuries usually result from fatigue. Have a seat and enjoy the people around you. Most of all, have fun.

What to Bring

Here is our list of recommended items for you to bring skiing or snowboarding in order to guarantee a fun first day on the slopes. If you are in need of anything on this list when you get here, the majority of these products are available at the Cascade Sports Shop.


  • Hat - if your head is warm the rest of you will stay warmer.
  • Waterproof Gloves/Mittens - mittens are warmer because they use body heat. Gloves offer more hand mobility.
  • Goggles/Sunglasses - Goggles are strongly recommended on cold or snowy days for warmth and increased visibility.
  • Jacket/Parka (water resistant)
  • Synthetic or wool base layers for top & bottom - it's better to be warm than cold, you can always shed layers. Synthetic materials help to wick moisture away from your skin. Avoid cotton as it retains moisture, dries slowly and does not hold heat well.
  • Snow/Water resistant pants - very important. Your first day will acquaint your butt to the snow, so keep it warm & dry.
  • Warm, dry socks - No cotton. Wear only one pair of socks.
  • Sunscreen - SPF 15 or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Snack, fruit, energy bar, water. Staying hydrated is very important.
  • ID, Wallet, Cash
  • Extra clothes and shoes to change into when you're all done.
  • Equipment - If you are not renting: either skis, poles and boots; or snowboard and snowboard boots.