Check in! The day prior to your first lesson, check in at one of the Whistler Blackcomb Ski & Snowboard Sales Counters (they are open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm).
Organize the night before! Please ensure you have all your equipment rented and properly fitted prior to your first day on the slopes. You can rent your equipment through us or alternatively, there are several rental outlets conveniently located throughout Whistler Village that will help you get started with the right equipment for your size and ability level. Allow 30-45 minutes for fitting.
Tune It! If you have your own ski/snowboard equipment, please ensure that it is all tuned, waxed and fitting correctly before you get to the slopes. Nothing is more frustrating than having to waste valuable time with faulty equipment or sore feet.
Nutrition is important. Eat a healthy, hearty breakfast, which includes plenty of protein and carbohydrates. The quick muffin or Danish will be gone right when you need that mid-morning burst of energy. It is a good idea to pack along some trail mix or a granola bar for that extra energy boost that you may need.
Timing. Please give yourself ample time to get to your ski/snowboard lesson. Plan for lift-line waits and the unexpected. A good tip: if you have a morning lesson, have your instructor meet you at the base of the mountain. That way, you will be able to bypass the morning lift-lines and maximize the instruction and on-hill time.
Weather Forecast. Check the morning weather forecast and snow report and dress accordingly. The most important thing to remember while dressing for a day on the slopes is layering. This way, you can add or subtract items as necessary. A ski hat or helmet is a must and don't forget goggles, or sunglasses and sunscreen. Ski accessories & clothing are available at many stores in the resort if you have forgotten an item.
Warm-Up. If you are an experienced skier or rider, it is a good idea to take a warm-up run or two prior to your lesson. Familiarize yourself with the conditions, the terrain, the people and your surroundings.
Lunch. If you are flexible with your timing, try to avoid going in for lunch at the peak periods. Go for lunch prior to 11:30am or after 1:00pm. The restaurants and cafeterias will be much less crowded, seating easier to find and you'll be in and out faster, maximizing your lesson time.
Communication Reminder. Whistler Blackcomb Ski & Snowboard School pros are dedicated to ensure you receive all the support, instruction and encouragement you need to tackle any terrain and achieve all your goals. Ensure you communicate to them exactly what you are looking to get out of your lesson.
Speaking of tips, it is polite to give your instructor a tip if you felt they did a good job.