The exhilarating world of skiing and snowboarding can be daunting for those who have never experienced the sport. Especially for those who may not be used to snow and wintery weather conditions. It is never too early or too late to learn something new!
Fear not – Nordic Valley is the perfect place to start. We don’t judge and welcome those who have never skied or are looking to improve their skills, with open arms. We’ve got what you need to understand the basics and feel comfortable navigating the process starting with getting to the ski resort, to gearing up, to getting on snow, and even how to get your après on!
Sign Up for our 1st Timer Mountain Orientation
What is it?
This is a free, 90 minute orientation/lesson/safe-space that will cover the very basic basics of skiing. If this is your first time on the hill, you may want answers to questions such as – Where to park? How do lessons work? Does my equipment fit correctly? The first segment of the lesson will be talking about parking, lift ticket process, rentals, equipment needed, boot fitting, and then going over the basics of skiing and snowboarding. From here, you can confidently navigate the resort and work towards getting yourself on snow!
Take a Ski Lesson
Many things can be learned on Youtube, but skiing should not be one of them. Learning the ropes is crucial, and our instructors are here to make it straightforward. Meet friends and sign-up for our group lessons, or if you feel like you may want some time to practice before showing off your skills, sign-up for a private lesson where you will get 1:1 time with instructors who are passionate about getting folks on skis. With multiple classes available, our beginner lessons will cover the basics, from gear handling to the initial maneuvers.
A Preview Into A Few Options:
- Private Lesson – Looking for a personalized, one-on-one learning experience? A private lesson is the ultimate way of learning for you. Whether you’re just learning how to ski or snowboard for the first time, or are looking to take your skiing and riding to the next level, our instructors are trained to teach all types of lessons from beginner to advanced.
- Group Lesson – A group lesson is the most cost effective way to learn to ski or snowboard. From brand new to advanced, this is a great option for someone looking to save money and learn with others who share the same skill level.
Knowing what to wear your first time out on the hill can be challenging.
- It is best to start with a moisture-wicking base layer that fits snugly against your skin. These layers will help regulate your body temperature by wicking away sweat, keeping you dry and comfortable when you’re working up a sweat from learning how to ski.
- Over your base layers, wear an insulating layer to provide additional warmth. Fleece or insulated jackets are excellent choices, especially for those cold and snowy days. Temperatures can vary up on the hill, but prepare for cold and from there you can make sure the insulating layer is easy to remove in case you get too warm.
- Top it off with a waterproof and windproof ski jacket and ski pants.
- Wear some thicker socks that will keep your feet warm in your ski or snowboard boots. Avoid cotton as they can retain moisture.
- Have something to wear around your neck for wind/snow protection
- Plan to wear a helmet and ski goggles or sunglasses. Having a thin head cap can help keep your head dry and warm underneath your helmet or to wear during breaks.
The next step after getting dressed appropriately is getting the right gear. This step can be simplified by renting equipment for the day(s) you choose to ski or snowboard. Our rental shop has experienced employees who can help you get fitted to the right gear and help you understand what you need and how to use it. Gear we provide includes helmets, ski/snowboard boots, skis, snowboards, and ski poles. Don’t forget to bring eye protection, as we do not provide this in our rental shop. Look for the big green yurt when you arrive at Nordic Valley!
Start With Beginner Friendly Terrain
Nordic Valley is a beginner friendly ski slope that offers the terrain any first time rider would feel comfortable on. Start your day on our magic carpet and as you you progress, you can make your way over to our beginner chairlift. The terrain serviced by Crockett chairlift offers various slope angles to accommodate varying skill levels.
In the world of skiing, it is important to be familiar with the types of trails you may encounter.
Green Circle Runs – Trails indicated as green mean they are beginner friendly. Green trails are usually less steep, and heavily maintained.
Blue Square Runs – Trails indicated as blue typically mean intermediate. These trails can be steep, narrow, and may include moguls, trees, or other challenging features.
Black Diamond Runs – Trails indicated as black are for advanced/expert riders and are challenging, steep, and not maintained by humans. These trails are variable and include natural obstacles and conditions.