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FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE

tips for your winter visit

Enjoy this comprehensive guide for everything you need to know for your first time skiing or snowboarding at Crystal Mountain.

What to Wear

By wearing the proper gear, you'll stay comfortable no matter the weather. We recommend:

  • Dress in layers! This gives you more flexibility to add or remove layers as temperatures change. Start with a base layer of long underwear or footless tights. You'll want to avoid wearing cotton next to your skin, as it will absorb sweat and snow making you colder. 
  • High socks, typically wool or acrylic, to keep your feet dry and warm. Avoid wearing thick socks or multiple layers of socks. This helps prevent blisters!
  • A warm collared shirt, turtleneck, sweater, fleece or vest is an ideal second layer for your torso. 
  • Water and wind resistant pants are best. Avoid jeans and sweatpants as they will get wet quickly. Make sure the pants you bring are wide enough at the bottom to fit over a large pair of boots.
  • A water and wind resistant jacket or shell with a high collar.
  • Eye protection, either sunglasses or goggles.
  • A warm hat that covers your ears, or even better, a helmet. A helmet will keep your head warm and protect you. Crystal Mountain has them available to rent in Tickets and Rental if you don't own one.
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens. Insider tip: Mittens are warmer! 
  • Sunscreen and lip balm, SPF 15 or higher. 
  • Extra clothes to change into for the ride home.

If you need to purchase any of these items, our team members at Mountain Sports, located inside The Lodge, would be happy to assist. 

Resort Arrival

Parking: There are plenty of spaces for guests to park their vehicles at Crystal Mountain. Some spaces are reserved for overnight guests, so we recommend parking in Lots J - M near the base of the Loki chairlift, or Lots A - B near the Buck chairlift.

Tickets and Rental: Located in the lower level of the Crystal Center, near the Loki chairlift. Check out our video below for helpful tips to make your first skiing or snowboarding trip at Crystal Mountain a success.

Lessons

We encourage all new skiers and snowboarders to take a lesson. You'll learn all of the basic skills necessary to conquer the mountain and will learn in a safe, non-judgmental environment.  We offer a variety of lessons for all ages and abilities, group lessons, and even private lessons.

Learn more about our Ski and Snowboard Lessons or call 888-968-7686 ext. 7500 to learn what program is right for you.

Know the Code

Safety is everyone's responsibility. The Skier's Responsibility Code is a code of ethics for all skiers and snowboarders on the slopes.

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
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