HELPFUL TIPS FOR THE FIRST DAYS ON THE SNOW
Arizona Snowbowl would like to ensure that all participants have a safe, fun, comfortable, and successful experience here on our slopes. The following information is for your safety and comfort.
WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR
Keep it warm and dry:
- Keep boots, gloves, helmets, and any other gear you wear in the car or bus where it’s heated, not in the trunk.
- Take an extra pair of dry socks to put on when you arrive at Snowbowl. It is a good idea to have dry socks just before you hit the slopes to be sure you have warm feet. Do not wear two pairs of socks; it will make your feet colder.
- Wool is GOOD cotton is BAD, this includes all clothing items.
- Shoes proper for walking in snow/puddles.
Dress in layers:
- It is worth investing in a pair of waterproof ski pants, as jeans get wet and will allow you to get cold. It is best to dress in layers as temperatures can vary throughout the day.
- Fleece or wool pants (long underwear) and a sweater (2 layers) are a great choice. Wool socks will keep you warm through the day, though taking extra clothing and socks to change into after skiing/snowboarding is recommended.
- We cannot stress enough that any cotton material clothes, including jeans, are inappropriate for snowplay. It is very important to have pants and a top outer layer that are at least water resistant. A waterproof or water resistant jacket and pants (nylon, gore-tex) are your best bet for day-long warmth.
Sunscreen protection and lip balm:
- Bring sunscreen! Between 9,000ft and 11,500ft the atmosphere is far thinner and sunburns happen quickly even in cloudy conditions. Forgot your sunscreen or a lip balm? Our Sports Shops carries them for your convenience.
Head and Eyes Protection:
- Be sure to have proper eye protection. Sun glasses or goggles (especially if it’s snowing) are extremely important. In cold weather, a hat or a helmet will keep your head warm and a gator will protect your face and neck.
Gloves or Mittens:
- Waterproof, breathable shell and well insulated. Mittens, along with hand and toe warmers are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands and feet.
For Your Energy Level:
- It is a very good idea to eat a good breakfast; Snowbowl has breakfast available here including breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt, cereal, etc.
- Bring lots of water and drink it!
- Bring lots of snacks to stick in pockets and backpacks. This can save the day when you’re feeling tired or worn out.
- We are at elevations between 9,000ft and 11,500ft. Some people feel the affects of elevation so it is important to take it easy and try to avoid getting in over your head.
- Do not attach your lift ticket to your jacket in case the weather gets warm later. It should be attached to ski pants or ski bibs.
REMEMBER: TAKE A LESSON!
It is FREE to add one 2-hour beginners lesson (Learn to Ski/Snowboard) to your lift ticket and rental equipment package. We highly recommend that first-time skiers or snowboarders take a lesson with our Ski & Ride School professional instructors. It is imperative to learn proper technique in order to prevent injury and make the sport more enjoyable. Learn more about Ski & Ride School.
Rentals Department is Your One Stop Shop. All Adult Learn to Ski and Snowboard and Ridge Runner and Ridge Rider packages at the Arizona Snowbowl are sold in the Rental Shop, so you’ll want to go there first (it’s located on the bottom floor of the Hart Prairie Lodge). Then, you’ll head for the Learn to Ski / Snowboard area, located adjacent of the Hart Prairie Chairlift, to meet your instructor and fellow first-timers! Beginner classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
When to arrive. We recommend you arrive to Snowbowl at least 1 hour before your lesson time for mid-week lessons and at least 2 hours before on weekends and holidays; this should get you through the Rental Shop with plenty of time before your lesson.
GO SUNSMART AND PROTECT YOUR SKIN!
Here in Arizona, it’s important to protect your skin from the forces of nature, especially at high altitudes. We recommend following these guidelines.
- Wear UVA/UVB SPF 15+ sunscreen whenever you are on the mountain
- Wear sunglasses or goggles that block 100% of UV rays
- Wear protective clothing and hats
- Avoid getting sunburned to reduce your risk for sun damage and skin cancer
For more information, visit the Go SunSmart web site
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