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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hello to all of you on the forum, I have signed up in hope of finding out some tips/knowledge from the experts on skiing and etiquette on the slopes.

My husband and I have booked a trip to Winter Park this Xmas, we have never hit the slopes before and would like some advice from anyone who has been etc.

We will be needing:

Lift Pass
Ski equipment

If anyone has any suggestions on any of the above for us it would be most useful.

Secondly, and this might sound a little strange, but if anyone has a list of things to pack in the suitcase or could advise on that also, that would be fab!!

Thanks - P.S I haven't had chance to have a look around the forum yet, apologies if someone else has asked a similar question!!
post #2 of 27
Welcome aboard. Glad to have some newcomers take a look.

Just to cover some of your questions here are some quick answers. You are sure to get some more detailed answers as other people respond to your inquiry.

Lift Passes - Can be bought as single day or multiple day passes at the mountain. Sometimes you can get a deal on passes from the hotel you are staying.

Ski Equipment - Can be rented at the Mountain or at a local ski shop. Since you are beginners, I recommend that you go with shorter skis. I like to teach beginners on 120-130cm skis. Its a bit easier to get use to the size 4000 "Clown Shoes" that way. Once you learn a bit, you can increase the length of the skis.

Tuition - I'm assuming you are referring to lesson costs. There is normally a ski school desk that you can sign up for lessons. Group, private, multiple day, etc.

That said, most mountains will have package deals for beginners that include lessons, equipment, and lift tickets. There is normally a significant savings if you do it this way. Check with the mountain, they should send you a package of information.

Here's the Winter Park website.

They have some discounts for booking in advance.

Hope this helps a bit and welcome to
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much! This is really useful info.

Would you advise booking lessons in advance? We are travelling over the xmas period.

I wonder if it would be worth contacting the hotel about the lift passes etc.

We originally had a trip booked to go to Banff but Thomsons are useless and the flight was cancelled, hence we have done it in DIY style with flights and accommodation being booked separately. We'll need transfers from the airport too, I hope that doesn't prove to be a big problem!!!
post #4 of 27
Hi Vicky,
Welcome to EpicSki.
If you can find the time, get a trip or two down to Castleford and have a couple of lessons there. It can be quite expensive, but at least you'll get used to skis on snow before you go.
Have you booked the trip independently, or are you going with a tour op?
How long are you going for?

If you're booking with people like Ski Independence, they should be able to sort out passes, rental and lessons for you, and at a reasonable price.

Hope you can find the answers you need on here!
post #5 of 27
d'Oh, noticed you've answered most of my questions in your previous post!
I've used Home James before to get from the airport up to WP...
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hi Wear The Fox Hat,

I have lessons booked at Castleford (I think it covers levels 1-2 - not entirely sure what that means mind??!?!) It's costing a small fortune but I thought it would be worth it?

We have booked flights and accommodation separately so I am a bit lost about the other stuff, we originally had it all sorted and a tour rep to help in resort but that is no more.

As we haven't been before I don't know much about this kind of thing, we have been desperate to go skiing for the last 3 years and so we were quite upset when the original trip got cancelled.
post #7 of 27
Vicky, for instructors, take a look at the list here...

The hotel may be able to sort things out for you. It's been a while since I was in WP, but I love the place.

Castleford is expensive, but you can always go to the outlet stores and spend even more money - if it makes you feel better.

Have fun!
post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thank you!!!! You have been very helpful
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Darn - I need 5 posts to send a private message!
post #10 of 27
You've got them!
post #11 of 27
Welcome Vicky! How exciting that you're going to learn to ski! A couple of things I'll address now and then I'll be back for more when I have more time.

*I agree that looking at a package through the ski school is a good idea. And, yes, book in advance. They don't always fill up but sometimes do so you don't want to be on your own the first day.
*I agree, if you can swing some time on the slopes at home first it will be beneficial.
*You're gonna have a blast!!!!!
*I'll address a packing list in the next day or so.

Finally, this is a great site and the members here are quite helpful. If for any reason you'd like to get a more female point of view many of the female members here are also members at and we would welcome you over there as well. Either way, I look forward to answering more questions and then seeing your first (of many I'm sure!) trip reports. Don't forget to bring your camera!
post #12 of 27
Make sure you read the Altitude prep and management thread for a more enjoyable experience in the mountains.
post #13 of 27
I have a list I always use to make sure I don't forget things. It's all pretty obvious things though. A few things I might forget without the list though.

Bathing suit (for the hot tub or pool)
Flip flops or sandals (to get to the hot tub or pool)
Bathroom air spray
Some coffee and other food for the first morning before you go shopping (if you can cook in the room)
Cellphone charger
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys... what a great site this is!!!
post #15 of 27
Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
Bathroom air spray
post #16 of 27
Spend some time in a timeshare with a small bathroom and you'll always remember the air spray!
post #17 of 27
First off: Ay oop, Vicky! Where's tha from? Fellow Yorkie here (Harrogate, once upon a time.)

You're making a great decision to start skiing in the U.S. and the folks at this wonderful site will be a great help. Certainly, the U.S. is a long trip, but it will pay back in the friendliness and helpfulness you'll be shown as you're finding your way. The decision to have some practice on a dry ski slope first is a Top Tip.

I'm going to make some comments in response to your fitness question, but you might find it useful to have the edited highlights of my skiing packing list with some comments. (I tend to stay in places that have their own air freshener in the bathroom. )

rucksack [You probably don’t need one, except for travelling]
alarm clock
euros [read “dollars”]
ski trousers
thermals [I generally travel with two sets, one thinner, one thicker. I’ve been known to wear them both]
ski socks (*2) [This is a really good idea, if you get the bug. I have thicker and thinner ski socks. The idea is that, as the holiday goes on, your feet shrink, so I start with thinner socks and move on to thicker. Also changing socks (and maybe washing the others) makes you more popular with your roommate!]
snow boots [You probably won’t be walking through deep snow except when you’re actually skiing, so you could get away with trainers. But you need something that will grip on icy surfaces – too many accidents happen in ski resorts off the slopes.]
demister/cleaning cloth
passport photos [Not sure if you need these in the U.S., but I always carry some in my wallet for lift passes, etc.]
tracksuit [or whatever you like to wear to slob around the hotel/condo]
swimming trunks, goggles, cap [I like to have a proper swim sometimes]
undergloves [having cold hands is miserable, and I find I need (at least) two layers]
throat fleece
fleece [a really good fleece is almost more important than your ski jacket. If you’re not sure, take an extra layer to wear underneath]
shirt [or whatever you wear for dinner/visit to a bar]
balaclava [even if you’re going to ski in a helmet, it’s a good idea to have a balaclava that can fit under it for those cold, cold days]
Germolene, bath salts, throat sweets, compeed, athlete’s foot powder, Dioralyte Junior
[OK, this is quite important to me. Germolene is good for cuts and nicks. You may not find a tub in your hotel in the U.S., but, if you do, a long bath after skiing with some bath salts helps the bumps and bruises. Up in the mountains after a long flight in winter, I find I have a throat infection as often as not: I need my throat sweets. Compeed (I think it’s sometimes called “Second Skin”) are blister plasters. Yes, blisters happen. If they do, you need to get to the ski shop a.s.a.p. to talk about your boots and put one of these on. They are fantastic. Sweaty feet happen too … ‘nuff said. Finally, a guy I know who was an international athlete put me on to the Dioralyte. It’s a package of electrolytes that you take after you’ve had diaorrhea and is great for dehydration. When I remember to bring them, I take one every morning. The Junior one tastes better!]
lip salve
sun cream [the higher the SPF the better. I generally take two: a big bottle to put on in the morning and a tube you can carry in your pocket]
house shoes
address book
dried fruit
mobile phone
lap top
post #18 of 27
Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
Spend some time in a timeshare with a small bathroom and you'll always remember the air spray!
Did you have to go there SMJ? When's the first Bear gathering at Wa? Or better, have they started making snow yet at B'East?
post #19 of 27
No snow yet, but I've been on an intense diet and exercise routine for a while, and by ski season should be at least 20lbs under last year, and a LOT stronger!
post #20 of 27

Going Skiing

Hitherandthither - now thats a list.

Welcome Vicky, you're already ahead of the game by finding this site. Epic welcomes you!

Make sure you go to Beginners Forum and read all the helpful posts that are there. They will answer a lot of your questions.
Then go to the search box on top of the page and put in Winter Park Ski Area and you will get a lot of info. there too.

Some reminders that work for me: Goggles (double lense/so they won't fog up) not glasses. You will be able to see better in flat light conditions, they're warmer and safer.

There are literally hundreds of suggestions, so I will be short and concise and just say have a good time.

Warmth equals comfort Hands, Head and feet. Dry socks every day, keep you boots warm at night (put next to heater if someone doesn't have a boot warmer)
post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips, this really is a great place for information!

Hitherandthither - that list is great! Thank you - it's just what I am needing.

I am from Middlesbrough, strictly speaking probably doesn't fall into North Yorkshire, perhaps Teesside would have been a better place to use - good old Cleveland no longer exists these days.
post #22 of 27
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and SMILE,SMILE,SMILE

IN CARRY ON (in case of lost or delayed luggage. You can rent skis, but you don't want to rent boots or ski clothes!)

Extra Contact Lenses
Ski Pants
Ski top
Long johns
1 Pair Ski Socks
Gator, hat
Ski Gloves
Ski boots
Sunglasses (w/case)
Reading glasses


T-Shirts & Shirts
Sweat pants
Bathing suit
Ice Pack (for sore muscles, itches)
Phone/bluetooth wall chargers
Coffee filters
Room deodorant
Boot dryer

IN COMPUTER BAG (or purse)

Laptop , dvd's, cd's
Reading glasses
Lift tickets, season pass
Extra phone battery
Bluetooth earpiece
Phone charger cables

Ski tops
Beach Towel

post #23 of 27
When I travel I put together a page that I print out and put in each bag. It looks somewhat like this.

John Q. Skiing
1313 Mocking Bird Lane
Topomount, NH 03123

555-555-5555 Cell 444-444-4444

Friday January 18, 2008

Leave Manchester, NH 11:15 AM United Express Piedmont Flt 2945

Arrive NYC LaGuardia 12:33 PM

Leave NYC LaGuardia 2:00 PM United Flight 745

Arrive Denver, CO 4:28 PM

Staying at Pokolodi Lodge
25 Daly Lane
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

Saturday January 26, 2008

Leave Denver, CO 10:25 AM United Flight 902

Arrive Washington Dulles 3:33 PM

Depart Washington Dulles 4:45 PM United Express Mesa Flt 7262

Arrive Manchester, NH 6:24 PM
I make up a couple of more and keep them with me as spares. I figure it this way, if the bag gets lost or the baggage tag gets ripped off, I still have a fighting chance of getting the bag while I'm on vacation or at least when I get back home.

As far as what I pack in each bag, I lay it all out with the bag and take a picture of it with the electronic camera I'm taking in my hot little hand during the trip. That way if "THEY" loose a bag I can pull out the camera and show them exactly what was in it. I also, put a copy of the photos on my home computer before I leave, just in case...
post #24 of 27
All great ideas.

To add to T-squares idea, I take a picture of all bags together when packed. Paste into a word doc and and then list the the colour & physical size (Dimensions) of each bag on the sheet as well. Print the sheet and have a couple of copies with your tickets. Sounds like overkill but the first questions they ask at lost luggage counter is colour and size of luggage. When you're p---ed off ... It can be tuff to remember.

Other thing is to print a copy of online Airline baggage policy regarding skis and carry on etc. If a problem arises at the desk, Its nice to have the policy with you.

1 row Duct tape around each end of your ski bags. A little easier to find in a pile. Also a point of reference if they get lost.

The single most important thing that I bring on trips is a portable Boot Dryer. You'd be amazed at how much sweat accumulates in Boot liners and gloves after a day of skiing.

Lastly and most importantly ... Enjoy yourself !!!
post #25 of 27
RMP. Great ideas. I'll be taking pictures of my packed bags too.

And to add a hint for the "which bag is mine" problem. I put some kind of individualized marking on all my bags. Normally I use a couple of colors of duct tape, big orange triangle, etc. Make sure to mark all the sides so you can pick out your black bag from all the other black bags on the turnstile. It makes life much more easier traveling.
post #26 of 27
Hi and welcome,
Be sure you read a lot about bootfitting in the Ask the Boot Guys forum:

Seriously, you'l be spending a lot of time in these boots and you need to know a few things to realy enjoy your skiing experience.
So have fun and get hooked
post #27 of 27
Originally Posted by Vicky24 View Post
Thanks for the tips, this really is a great place for information!

Hitherandthither - that list is great! Thank you - it's just what I am needing.

I am from Middlesbrough, strictly speaking probably doesn't fall into North Yorkshire, perhaps Teesside would have been a better place to use - good old Cleveland no longer exists these days.
Well, back in the day, your kids would have been qualified to play for Yorkshire. That's what counts for me!
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