PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your lesson to provide adequate time to obtain rentals, get dressed, use the bathroom and be at the meeting area at least 10 minutes prior to lesson time.
If you will be participating in a walk-in group lesson, you can purchase the lesson and/or lift package (that includes a lift pass and rental if needed/desired, lesson only packages are also available).
Leave your skis or snowboard outside along the fence in a place you will remember. Enter the main lodge using the IN/OUT doors. The first room you come to is the cafeteria, if you head to your right through the stone archway into what we call the "brown bag room", in the back corner of that room is the Snow Sports desk, where you will meet your instructor if you are taking a private lesson.
Walk-in group lesson participants should head back outside to the Snow School Meeting Area which is behind the rental shop near the gazebo (next to Proud Mary Chair Lift) to meet your instructor about 10 minutes before your lesson time.
WHAT TO WEAR
Layers. Layers. Layers. Winter in Rhode Island is very unpredictable. It could be frigid and cloudy in the morning and warm and sunny that afternoon. Wear layers of clothing allowing you to adjust to the temperatures throughout the day. The most common layer system is based on 3 layers:
1. Base Layer - The layer that is worn next your skin, usually thermal long underwear. For this layer pick a material that wicks (fabric absorbs moisture from skin and evaporates it to keep you dry). Wearing a wicking material will keep you warm and dry while enjoying physical activities in the crisp winter air.
2. Middle Layer –This layer is generally a sweater, vest or sweatshirt. This layers purpose is to keep you warm, and keep the cold air out. Popular materials include fleece a material that insulates even when wet and wool which also wicks away moisture.
3. Outer Layer – Your coat, jacket or parka and snow pants. This layer should be wind and water resistant while allowing air flow from perspiration in order to keep you dry and warm.
Snow/Ski/Snowboard pants that are water and wind resistant. Try going through a 2-hour lesson with snow in your boots. Kids do it all the time. Children’s ski pants ride up a lot, especially when lift attendants pick them up to load the lift. Longer pants with their elastic cuffs pulled down below the boot’s top buckles will save you a lot of bending over to adjust your child’s pant legs. Snowboard pants tend to fit “baggy” to allow free movement and are usually reinforced in the seat and knees for kneeling or sitting in the snow.
You’ve most likely heard it before; most of your body heat is lost through your head. Well it’s true, so a warm hat is a must!
Helmets have become very popular over the years, not only with children, but with adults as well. Wearing a helmet is a very personal decision and is not required at Yawgoo Valley. We do not rent them in our rental shop, however, our Pro Shop has a great selection of helmets for sale. Should you decide to purchase a helmet, make sure the child is present so the helmet fits your child and also they can pick out a color/style they are willing to wear. For smaller children, a lightweight helmet is recommended. Ski and snowboard helmets are specifically designed for protecting the head when participating in snow sports and should not be substituted with a bike helmet.
Sunglasses or goggles on really windy or snowy days are a good idea to protect your eyes.
Neck gaiters are a great idea to protect your neck and even face from sun and harsh weather. Stay away from scarves as they tend to hang and may catch on the chair lift/rope tow or even fall off altogether.
As long as they are waterproof and fit correctly, the choice is yours, mitten or glove style. Mittens tend to be warmer and easier with young children, while more advance/older children prefer gloves. Please no knitted mittens or gloves as they tend to get wet and icy and even collect snow.
FootwearSki or snowboard boots that are designed specifically for each sport keep your feet warm and ankle stable allowing you to make proper turns and movements. You cannot wear your regular sneakers or snow boots in either binding (the part of the ski/snowboard that holds your feet in). You will either need to own these or rent a pair from our shop.
Visit your local sports shop or Yawgoo Valley Pro Shop for all your gear & equipment needs.
American Association of
Lids on Kids - Helmet information
National Ski Patrol
National Ski Area Association - Your responsibility Code
Snow Link- A guide designed to give you basic information
Snow Monsters -Information, games and activities for children
Go Sun Smart - Tips on sun protection
|The above information includes excerpts from the PSIA Pro Tips (Tips from the Professional Ski Instructors of America), an article by Scott Matthers (The Professional Skier, Spring 2002) with additional suggestions from Yawgoo Valley Snow Sports Instructors and Staff.|