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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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.


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 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.


SPF 15 or higher

Lip balm

Snack, fruit, energy bar, water. Staying hydrated is very important.

ID and Wallet

Reminder: Cascade Mountain is a cashless business. Card and digital payment (Apple Pay, Google Pay, Cascade e-gift cards) only please. 

Extra clothes and shoes to change into when you're all done.


If you are not renting: either skis, poles and boots; or snowboard and snowboard boots.

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