Do not worry, we have all been there. Why wouldn't you want to take a lesson and learn how much fun skiing or boarding can be? We have designed our facility and lesson programs for people just like you. You will safely learn more in one hour than you will all day from your friends.
Everyone learns at a different pace. It is important to keep your expectations reasonable. This way both you and your children have a successful and rewarding day on the slopes. Some factors that can affect learning include your temperament (how open you are to new things), age, and physical ability. Both skiing and snowboarding take special skills that improve with practice over time. Ultimately, your expectations for you and your kids should focus on the fun and excitement of the overall experience.
Kids 7 years old and under MUST get a private lesson. Advance Reservations suggested ! Please call 309-798-2673
No surprise here, bring clothes that will keep you warm and dry. We do not recommend cotton clothing (jeans and a sweatshirt) as an inner or outer layer. Cotton easily becomes wet. You will end up cold, wet and miserable.
Layer Up - The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you the flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your level of activity. Avoid cotton next to your skin, it will absorb sweat and make you cold. Synthetic or wool base layers help to wick moisture away from your skin. It is better to be warm than cold, you can always shed a layer.
Socks - One pair of light or medium weight only! No Cotton! Socks made of polyester, silk, wool, or nylon are preferred.Thick socks or multiple layers of socks, get uncomfortable, give you blisters, and reduce circulation: all of which lead to cold feet. Ski and snowboard boots are designed to be warm so do not wear more than one pair of socks. Resist that temptation!
Hat - 60 % of body heat is lost through the head. If your head is warm, the rest of your body is likely to stay warm.
Gloves - Gloves or mittens should be waterproof. Mittens are often better for those susceptible to cold hands.
Outer Layer - You probably have a winter jacket already. Again it should be water resistant. Water resistant pants such as snow bibs are very important. Your first day will introduce your butt to the snow, so keep it dry and warm.
You may not need as many layers of clothing as you think. On a sunny day, you may only need two layers - the waterproof outer layer and the synthetic (turtleneck/long underwear) wicking layer. But bring a middle layer (fleece or wool sweater) just in case. You can always take off a layer as you get warmer. In general, the three main layers are:
Big changes are happening at Snowstar Winter FUN Park! As we enter into our 36th year, change is a word that we've embraced. Under new management, Snowstar has dramatically changed with our guests and employees squarely in mind. Expect to be wowed when the snow flies and we open our doors. Our fresh new look that includes colors, attractive signage, a whole new brand/logo and many fun events and amenities including the addition of the Happy Joe's PizzaGrille. Our new fiber optic fed Wi-Fi will allow you to share your videos and messages with all your friends and family. Yes Snowstar is changing for the better and you don't want to miss experiencing all the change and the FUN!
Statistically, skiing is no more hazardous than bicycling or tennis. It used to be though! Back in the days of long, stiff wood skis, non-support boots, and non-release bindings, skiing did present safety concerns. Now, with modern equipment such as shorter shaped skis, high-support boots, and releasable bindings, skiing has taken huge strides in safety. For additional safety issues check out our Ski Patrol page and Responsibility Code page.
Learning has become a whole lot easier with the new shorter shaped skis and the new Magic Carpet. With the addition of the Magic Carpet, the stand and ride feature makes getting up the hill easier, quicker, and more fun. Now, more time can be spent learning to ski instead of learning to use a rope tow. Just in your first day, you will learn how to make turns, control speed, and stop.
Generally, if you are trying skiing for the first time, you should be able to do quite a bit on your first day. Snowboarding is a bit more difficult the first time. However the learning curve is much easier after just a few tries. With today's modern teaching methods, you can exceed the beginner stage only after a few lessons, which means you can ski 50% of the ski trails in the U.S. and probably all the trails at Snowstar.
It is the easiest and safest way to learn. Learning from friends is typically not a good idea. Ask anyone who has taken that route or decided to teach themselves and you will get the same answer. It is too hard.....I cannot do it...Take a couple lessons and you will get to the fun stuff before you know it. After your lesson you should practice what you learned on the teaching area. After you have mastered the fundamental skills (turning, slowing down, stopping, and riding a lift) you will be ready to explore other trails while you practice your skills. Keep to the easier trails at first. Do not get on the advanced trails until you have mastered your control skills.
What Are The Basic Rules For Riding A Chair Lift?
We have state-of-the-art ski and snowboard equipment, including helmets to take care of your needs. When fitting the boots, remember one pair medium weight socks only! (preferably not cotton). The boots will fit snug, the toes should have room to wiggle and your heel should not pull up in the boot. A boot too tight or with thick multiple layers of socks will reduce circulation and lead to cold feet.
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Yes you can, but remember: