Spring Skiing with Newbies

Spring is a lovely time in Vermont, and it is also a prime time to learn how to ski or snowboard. The temps are warmer, so the jackets and layers are more manageable, the snow is softer, and the outdoor seating is plentiful at the lodges. So, if you are feeling guilty about not making it up the mountain yet this winter, there is still time, and Sun & Ski Inn and Suites would love to host you!  

 We’ve compiled a list of our favorite tips and tricks for learning or teaching someone how to ski or snowboard (they apply to kids and adults alike!):  

  1. Prepare the night before by laying out clothing, including your socks and outerwear. Pack up your other items so they are ready to go, including your helmet, goggles, gloves, and boots. We all know it can be tough to get out the door, especially with little ones, so hopefully this will help make your morning go a little smoother.  
  2. Gear check!  This can be quick, and if something is loose or broken you will be so relieved that you dealt with it before getting to the mountain. Do not be too concerned with wax or sharpening your edges (for beginners it’s actually better to have dull edges, especially on a snowboard), and newbies really do not need to go that fast anyhow… 
  3.  Dare I say, candy? This may be an old trick, but one that is tried and true. It’s a good idea to have a few treats, or a snack like gummies in your pocket, just in case. It is a great reward (or bribe), and can help make the day a bit more sweeter if needed.  
  4.  Lower your expectations of how many runs you will take, how long you will be at the mountain, and what a perfect day might look like. Enjoy the view and take in the fresh air. You will naturally find yourself smiling and in a better mood – guaranteed!   
  5.  To après or not to après? We LOVE a nice après, but sometimes our kids beg to differ. In this case, it’s a good idea to leave a few snacks and water bottles in the car or in your bag (if taking the shuttle), so that after your day on the mountain you have easy access to a quick bite before getting back to the comforts of your hotel room. 

We hope these tips help, and we will see you in Stowe this spring!