New to Winter Sports?
Don't worry, you are not the only beginner on the slopes!
We have designed our facilities and programs for people just like you.
Be sure to look over the "Lesson" and "Trail Map" areas of our website,
they will help you plan your first visit to the Blue Hills Ski Area!
Everyone learns at a different pace, so it is important to keep your expectations reasonable.
Both skiing and snowboarding take skills that improve with practice over time.
Focus on the fun and excitement of the overall experience!
Clothes to keep you warm and dry!
The best advice is not to wear cotton- this becomes very important if you end up
falling while you are on the hill!
We do not recommend cotton clothing (such as jeans, sweatshirts, athletic socks) they become wet & ends up cold.
Cotton next to your skin will absorb sweat and make you shiver!
Think Layers!! The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. It gives you the flexibility to add or remove clothing, depending on the weather and your activity. Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear and footless tights work well as under-layers.
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).
On a sunny day, you may only need two layers - the waterproof outer layer and the turtleneck/long underwear first layer.
Bring a middle layer (fleece or wool sweater) just in case. You can always add a layer if needed!
Ski and snowboard boots are designed to be warm- one good pair of socks should be enough.
Thick socks, or multiple layers of socks, will only give you blisters.
A good investment would be a pair of waterproof shell pants and warm long underwear,
you probably have a winter sports jacket already.
Please keep in mind we do not rent clothing. Hats, gloves, handwarmers, sunscreen and other small items are available for purchase at the customer service desk in the main lodge area.
The wicking layer should fit snugly (not tight) next to the skin in order to effectively wick moisture. Comfort is key for the insulating layer. It should be loose enough to trap air between layers, but not so bulky that it restricts movement.
Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, your protection layer should fit comfortably,
offering you maximum range of motion.
Look for 100 percent UV protection in sunglasses. Make sure the glasses fit snugly behind your ears and rest gently on the bridge of your nose.
Should form an uninterrupted seal on your face, extending above your eyebrows and below your cheekbones.
Watch for gaps, especially around your nose.
Gloves or Mittens
Don't buy gloves or mittens that are too tight. There should be a little air space at the tips of your fingers, which acts as additional insulation.
You should consider wearing a helmet since in some situations it may prevent or reduce injury. However, helmets can give you a false sense of security so always use your best judgment and ride or ski within your ability level.