If this is your first time skiing, we recommend that you come to the Jackson X-C Base Lodge and sign up for our “Super-Saver Package”. Our expert staff will assist you with ski equipment fitting and give you 1 hour ski instruction using our specially designed Learning Center and get you set up with recommendations for what trails to experience, where to find a good lunch, interesting viewpoints and more. You will start out with more fun than trying to learn by yourself, your enjoyment of the sport will be greater, and you will ski farther and see more.
- Lessons available daily throughout the ski season.
- Certified Professional Ski Instructors (PSIA) on staff.
- Sign up at the Ski School information desk or
- Call 603-383-9355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What Kind of clothes should I wear?
Do not over dress. Alpine ski gear or snowmobile suits are usually way-too warm. You will be comfortable in cold weather jogging gear. Layering works well. Polypro long underwear has proven to be very effective as a starting layer. Thin gloves will usually prove more than adequate. Obviously, the colder the air temps, the more layers you’ll want.
Advice on getting young kids skiing – Start ‘Um Young!
Here is some advice from PSIA Demo & Education Team Members. * Big thanks to the Cross Country Ski Areas Association for allowing us to reproduce this information here!
“The general consensus is for parents to put kids on skis as soon as they can walk, keep it fun and play ski games. We all know as soon as they can walk, kids can shuffle on skis. According to [a CCSAA] survey, the earliest age to offer structured lessons for children is 5 or 6 years of age. Nordic centers may … offer programs that have supervision for kids playing games on skis —no instruction.
Mickey Stone a PSIA certified Instructor and member of PSIA Demo/Education Team who has 30 years of skiing experience, recommends starting kids skiing at any age they are comfortable in the outdoor winter environment. Kids need to enjoy the environment first. Start children sliding and rolling in the outdoors. Then put them on Nordic skis first. This way they will learn balance with their body instead of relying on equipment and big boots. So when to put kids on skis? This is usually 3 years old, although it depends on the child. Age five is recommended to start with a lesson that has structure.
Deb (Ackerman)Willets, a PSIA certified instructor and member of the PSIA Demo/Education Team recommends kids start xc skiing before alpine skiing because xc skiing is so close to walking. Deb says it’s a waste of time to put kids in all of the alpine equipment at ages 3 and 4. Her children were on XC skis the first winter after they could walk. When they are young, taking them out in a pulk or backpack and bringing along their skis, works great. Take children skiing in good weather with no particular time frame or structure. At age 6 and older is a good time to start structured lessons.
Steve Hindman, a PSIA certified instructor and member of the PSIA Demo/Education Team, says you can’t go wrong putting kids on skis at a young age as long as you take off the skis as soon as they are done. He suggest parents leave ski equipment around home available for kids to play with. This approach works great. Steve recommends starting kids in an alpine lesson with other kids at age 6. It is up to the parents whether they start with XC or alpine, some parents have never heard of XC. Steve’s opinion is that XC is a better first choice for a more successful experience on skis because it’s more fun and teaches proper movements allowing a child to find his own balance.”
You can see all about cross country ski lesson and a Super Saver Package options here
Trail Courtesies and Rules
- Grooming machinery may be on the trails. Listen and keep an eye out. Please stay 200 feet from machines.
- Skiers must always ski in control and be able to avoid other skiers and obstacles.
- Skiers who stop must not impede the progress of other skiers.
- Skiers must not bring dogs or pets on undesignated trails. (Private landowners will rescind permission for the trails)
- Skiers must understand and respect the posted trail signs.
- Skiing on closed trails is prohibited.
- Skiers must respect one-way markers of trails.
- Skiers must know their ability level and ski on appropriate trails.
- Skiers must respect proper technique for each trail. Skating is prohibited on classical trails.
- Skiers must respect the environment and carry out what you carry in.
- Skiers must know that trail conditions can be altered by wind, rain, and snow.
- Skiers must know and accept risks inherent in cross-country skiing.
- Skiers who remove skis must not walk in the groomed tracks. Walk on the edge of trail.
- Snowshoeing is not permitted on groomed trails.