First Time Guide

We know trying something new can be intimidating, especially when it means strapping something to your feet and sliding down a snow-covered hill. Snow Creek has many visits each year from families and individuals who have never tried skiing or snowboarding before. We understand the questions that arise and the need to have all as much information to help you plan your trip - That's why we have dedicated this sections to first-timers. It should provide answers to all of your questions and more about your visit.  If it doesn't, we are here to help! Give us a call at (816) 640-2200 or send us an email, info@skisnowcreek.com!


know the code

It's important to know the "rules of the road" or should we say the rules of the slopes. The Skier's Responsibility Code is a code of ethics for all skiers and snowboarders on the slopes.

KNOW THE CODE

EXPECTATIONS

Everyone learns at different paces. It is important to keep your expectations reasonable. This way both you and your children will have a successful and rewarding on-the-snow experience. Some factors that can affect learning to ski or snowboard include your temperament (how open you are to new things), age, and physical ability. Both skiing and snowboarding take specialized skills that improve with practice over time. Ultimately, your expectations for you or your kids should focus on the fun and excitement of the overall experience.


THINGS TO BRING

Well, no surprise here but clothes that will keep you warm and dry. And that's really important if you end up falling a couple of times. We do not recommend cotton clothing (jeans and a sweatshirt) it becomes wet, then cold. What's great is that you probably have most of what you need. If you don't, just borrow some from friends.

  • Gloves, mittens, liner gloves
  • Hat or headband
  • Neck gaiter/face mask/bandana
  • Water and Wind resistant snow clothes (jacket and pants).  
  • Layering items like vests, tank tops, long sleeve shirts, long underwear, sweatshirts
  • 2 pair of wool or polyester socks (not cotton), light to medium thickness. 
  • Ski Google or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm with SPF.
  • Ibuprofen
  • Credit Cards, ID's, Phone, Camera with a safe and secure place to store them

Layer Up

The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you more flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity. Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear and footless tights work well as under-layers. Avoid wearing cotton next to your skin, it will absorb sweat and snow and make you shiver. For that same reason, wool or acrylic socks are better than cotton athletic socks. Wear one, thin pair. Ski and snowboard boots are designed to be warm. Thick socks, or multiple layers of socks, will only give you blisters. If you buy anything, it should be a pair of waterproof shell pants and warm long underwear. You probably have a winter sports jacket already. In general, the three main layers are wicking (worn next to your skin), insulating (middle layer that keeps the cold out) and weather protection (exterior layer or guard against the elements).

What do beginners forget to bring the first day?

Sunglasses, goggles and sunscreen. The sun is very strong at high altitudes and against a snow-white background. Also remember to bring water-resistant gloves or mittens and a hat. Future snowboarders, wear wrist guards if you have them. If you already have knee pads, they will help cushion snowboard falls.


WHERE TO GO

ARRIVAL PROCEDURES:
The ticket windows are located outside the lodge on the side of the parking lot. You must have a lift ticket (aka snow pass) to have slope access and rent equipment. The lift ticket will also be coded with your rental information. After receiving your lift ticket, place it on your jacket. Metal wire first, then label.

EQUIPMENT PROCEDURES:
Head over to the Rental Building, which is to the left of the ticket windows that are under the red awning.

  1. Pick up your boots, sizes generally match foot in a dress shoe.
  2. Find a spot on the benches and try them on. We recommend only one pair of socks, otherwise the boots may be too tight. Adjust all the buckles, make sure they are snug, but not too tight, that they hurt your feet.
  3. Lockers are available to store your shoes.
  4. Proceed to the counter to pick up your skis or snowboard. Let the technician know you are a beginner. You will be asked your height and weight so the equipment will be properly fitted to you.

TAKE A LESSON:
Head over to the lesson meeting area. Located on your right when you come out of the lodge. Whether you chose to ski or snowboard, we have the lesson for you! The beginner lesson will teach you how to turn, stop, how and when to use the lifts at Snow Creek.
Lesson Options


WHAT DO YOU DO IF:

Need a restroom? Restrooms are located in the center of the Main Lodge and in the rental building.  Changing areas are located in the Rental Building.

Need First Aid? Report accidents to any uniformed Patroller (red jacket), or lift attendant, or at the First Aid station at the West end of the Lodge, near the tubing area.

Need lunch? Our cafeteria is located on the main level, for the over 21 crowd a bar & lounge is upstairs.

Are Separated from your Party? Go to the Reception window inside the main lodge. Reception has the ability to make an announce inside and outside the lodge. It's a good idea to discuss with your party a meeting place just in case someone gets separated from the rest of the group.