As we wrap up January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month we want you to know that any time is a good time to learn how to ski and ride. At Boyne Highlands Resort we want to do everything possible to help you fall in love with winter snowsports and make the process of learning how to snowboard or ski fun. Taking a ride down the slopes and experiencing the beautiful views of Northern Michigan is an amazing feeling that will keep you coming back.
If you are worried about learning and think it may seem too big of a task, don't fret, we have put together the top five tips to help you begin the journey of becoming a skiing and riding pro!
1.Smile and Enjoy it!
You didn't decided to pick up the new hobby of skiing or snowboarding to be miserable, you did it because you want to have fun! So, while you are taking a lesson keep a smile on your face, laugh at your mistakes, get back up and try again. It is all new and we will laugh right along with you, soak up the good times of learning something new and have fun with it.
2. Wear the proper clothing
Dressing appropriately helps you enjoy the lesson and concentrate more effectively. The necessities for your lesson will be warm socks, winter coat, snow pants, hat, gloves and warm clothes for underneath. If you wear a scarf be sure it is securely tucked in and not out loose.
3. Have the right gear
Whether you are a skier or snowboarded it's important to have the right equipment when taking a lesson. Don't have your own gear yet? We have you covered, our rental shops have everything you need from boots and skis to helmets. Borrowing equipment from a friend is not recommended because of the potential for it to be outdated, not properly set up for your size or riding style, or not the correct type of gear for beginners to be using. If you are set on borrowing from a friend do the research to make sure it will be the correct setup before arriving at your lesson.
4. Be safe
When learning how to snowboard or ski you are not going to go from a small slope to a black diamond run within one day. Be safe and know your limits. Take your time and work your way up to the more advance runs. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither are expert skiers and riders! And remember it's important to always wear a helmet even if you are not on an advance run.
5. Learn from a professional
It is safe to say that if you want to learn how to snowboard or ski, you know someone who already does. It may seem easier to go out with a friend or family member, but it would be much more beneficial to learn from a professional instructor. Learning from an instructor will be easier because they are highly trained to do that exact thing, instruct! Your friend or family member may mean well and be great, but if they don't know how to teach it will only become more frustrating on you and them.
When it comes down to it, it all really leads back to number one and having fun. Follow these five tips and you will be prepared for your first lesson and carving up the slopes in no time! Don't miss out on winter time fun and sign up for a lesson today.◂ Return to News & Updates