Preparing for a Day on the Mountain
What you need to know before you start sliding on snow!
Before you get here:
- Do your research and have a plan
- Rest up for a big day
- Have a hearty breakfast and bring snacks!
- Dress in layers - long underwear, insulating layer (no cotton,) outer shell (preferably waterproof)
- Do a gear check (goggles, insulated gloves, helmet)
- Get excited!
What to bring up the Mountain
- Bring multiple and varied layers to dial in your comfort level on the mountain.
- Cash for Eaglecrest Grill or gear at the Retail Shop (optional)
Safety on the Mountain
Know the Responsibility Code!
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop of avoid other people and objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting down hill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent run away equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed tails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Lessons are customized to your goals and cover valuable skills from getting in and out of the bindings to using the lifts. Professional ski instructors are trained to coach you in the newest techniques and will guide you from the new skier areas to exploring more of the mountain.
A typical lesson for new skiers, snowboards or Nordic skiers will show you how to balance, slide, stop and turn. Before and after your lesson, your instructor will go over what your goals are.
Eaglecrest offer a variety of lesson packages: private or group, adults or children, women specific, adaptive, and how to use the terrain parks. Click below to explore your best lesson options and contact Eaglecrest with any questions.
Words of Wisdom:
Just remember, your first day is just that. Don't compare yourself to the pros, take it one day at a time and learn to be the best skier/snowboarder you can be. The best is yet to come!
Be careful about being taught by family or friends, an objective instructor is your best bet to learn proper technique from the start and can be available for any questions you have.
Skiing, Snowboarding, and Nordic Gear
What you will need if you are wanting to learn to ski.
- Helmet - Snowsports helmets are insulated for cold weather and provide better coverage and impact protection than other sports helmets such as bicycle helmets. Be sure the helmet you choose meets the current snowsports helmet design standards. More info on helmets www.lidsonkids.org
- Skis, poles, boots - You can rent ski's up at Eaglecrest Day Lodge Rental Shop. Come on in and our friendly rental shop staff with outfit you with the proper ski, snowboard, or nordic equipment based on your height, weight and age.
- Attire - Come to the mountain dressed in warm layers IE: long underwear, warm socks, fleece or a sweater that is sweat wicking, wind and water-resistant jacket and snow pants.
Eaglecrest has partnered with Sturtevant's Ski Shop in Seattle. You can order through our ski shop for huge savings on new gear at low shipping costs.
Words of Wisdom:
Be careful of borrowing equipment when you first start out, gear that is improperly suited to you will hinder your progress. Beware of things like fit, sizing, release settings and outdated gear.