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If you have any questions at all, we encourage you to email us at lessons@skichinapeak.com and we'll gladly get back to you promptly. When it comes to learning more about skiing and snowboarding for the first time, there are only good questions!

We've put this in a question and answer format to make it easy to follow:

Q: Why is skiing/boarding considered such a great family sport?
A: It may be the only activity in the world where the entire family can participate in something active, where everyone can do it at their own pace, at the same time, regardless of varying abilities. Can you name another sport where this is true? The key is at their own pace, at the same time: expert level skiers or boarders can go at their pace, right alongside those with far less skill or experience. An expert and beginner can ride the same lift and ski/board down runs of differing ability, meet up at varying points along the way as the runs come together, very common at China Peak. In almost every other sport, experts and beginners seldom enjoy themselves trying to match each other's pace.

Q: How difficult is it to learn to ski or snowboard?
A: Skiing and snowboarding are not difficult to learn when you start with lessons, and continue with lessons until you have reached a comfortable level, where you can handle yourself on the slopes: put your skis/board on, move around on flat ground, make turns back and forth, stop.

Q: What should I expect on my first day?
A: This is the biggest difficulty most first timers have, the expectation of being able to ski or board right away. The first day can be frustrating, as putting on a pair of skis or snowboard boots in itself will feel odd. Some first timers learn quickly, others take a little longer. As long as you start your first day knowing it takes a few days to master the basics, you'll be fine.

Q: How long does it take to be a skier/boarder, where I can turn, stop, ride the lift?
A: It can happen in one day for some, can take a few days for others, seldom any longer than that to get to the point where you're comfortable in putting on your gear, walking around, moving around flat ground with your skis/board on, getting on and off the lift, making easy turns, stopping.

Q: Do I have to be athletic, in great shape, do other sports?
A: Certainly naturally athletic people, those who work out regularly, or those who play other sports have an advantage on their first day. But thousands and thousands of people enjoy skiing and boarding every winter who don't fit any particular profile of athleticism, fitness or sport participation. That's one of the main attractions of skiing and boarding: just about anyone can do it.

Q: Do children have an easier time than adults?
A: Children don't necessarily learn any faster than adults. What is different is they seem to be more tolerant of the challenges of the first day, and look forward to the next day on the slopes, knowing it's a matter of time before everything clicks and they're on their way to a lifetime of fun, exhilaration, great times with family and friends.

Q: How often do people get injured skiing or snowboarding?
A: Injury rates are extremely low, almost non-existent for those learning to ski or board, particularly adults, as they are naturally more conservative than those who took up the sport as youngsters. Over the year movies have popularized the 'broken leg' scene by the fire, as if it's a regular occurrence. The facts show injuries to beginning and intermediate level skiers and boarders are rare. As you might expect, most injuries occur among young males, experts, skiing or boarding too fast.

Q: How much does it cost, and what does that include?
A:
It's 3 days (ANY DAYS) in a season for $149! You get a lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental and lesson included on all 3 days. Once you complete the program, you are eligible to receive the following:

  • ½ price lift tickets through the end of the 2017/18 season.
  • ½ price daily or seasonal ski or snowboard rentals through the end of the 2017/18 season.
  • FREE group lessons through the end of the 2017/18 season.

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Q: What else do I need besides ski/board equipment?
A: It's a good idea to have a jacket, pants, hat, gloves and goggles that are meant to be used in the snow, as you'll stay much drier than if you wear clothing not designed for winter use. A number of sporting goods stores carry all of this at low prices, so there's no reason to spend a lot of money. Once you've spent a season on the slopes you can consider upgrading, but it's certainly not necessary. If you know a Big 5 Sporting Goods store nearby, they have great prices on everything you need for your first day.

Q: Should I buy equipment at some point?
A: At some point, yes, but modern rental skis and boards are of such high quality you can rent as long as it makes economic sense.

Q: Once I've learned and want to spend more time on the slopes, what's the best value?
A: The best deal is a season pass, which can be purchased at the season pass office, which gives you unlimited access to the mountain, every day, all season. Our rental shop has a seasonal rental program for skis or boards, where you pay one fee and then turn the equipment back at the end of the season. Also, every fall there are a number of 'ski swaps' where you can buy either used or the previous year's gear at big savings

 

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