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First Timer Guide
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Whether it's for the first time for you or for your child, you want the experience to be fun and safe. Your first day on skis or snowboard can be an exciting and addicting time; or on the opposite torturous and dreadful. The best way to ensure that everything will go as smoothly as possible is to know what to expect and be prepared. If you are coming to Laurentian Ski Hill for the first time please plan to arrive at the top of the hill, 15 Janey Ave. This is where the rental shop is located and the beginner hill is at the top as well. Our staff are here to answer your questions so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Safe is Skiing?

Statistically, skiing is no more hazardous than bicycling or tennis. It used to be though, in the days of long, stiff wood skis, leather boots and non-release bindings. Now, with modern equipment such as shaped skis and release bindings, skiing is much safer.

How Long Will it Take to Learn?

Our instructors will teach you how to slow down, stop, turn and ride the beginner lift during the first lesson. A second lesson is highly recommended to introduce you to the main hill and the chairlift. Learning to ski will generally progress much quicker than learning to snowboard. Snowboarding is a bit more difficult the first time, however, the learning curve is much easier once you get started.

How Can I Check Current Conditions?

Current Conditions are updated by 6:30 every morning on our website www.Laurentianskihill.com . A summary of the conditions are also tweeted (@laurentianski) and posted on our Facebook page.

What Will it Cost?

Skiing and Snowboarding is not as expensive as you might think. Need a lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket? Our Discover Program is the perfect place to start with prices from as low as $ 39 a person or $ 135 for a family of 4. Click here for more information. We also offer Family lift ticket and Family lift ticket and rental packages.

Should I Take a Lesson?

Taking a lesson is highly recommended. Our certified instructors will show you how to slow down, stop and turn as well as ride the lift and then you can practice on your own. All the instructors are trained in ways to help you learn quickly so you can enjoy the rest of your day. Call the hill the day before you plan to visit and book a lesson so we are sure to have an instructor available for you (705-494-7463)

When Should I Call "Last Run"?

Always think twice before making that "last run of the day." Skiing and snowboarding involve lots of physical exertion, and you'll be tired toward the end of the day. That's the time when concentration starts to slip and accidents occur. Think before you head for that last run, and if you're tired, pack it in for the day. That way you can be sure that you'll be able to enjoy another day of fun on the slopes.

Rental Equipment

Laurentian Ski Hill has a wide variety of rental equipment. When you arrive at the rental shop you will be require to fill in a rental form. Please fill out the form completely and honestly, so that we can properly fit you with appropriate equipment. The form needs to be signed by a parent or guardian if the renter is under 18 years of age. A credit card is also required to guarantee the equipment is returned. It is important that when you are putting on your rental boots that one pair of socks are sufficient, socks need to be smooth and pants pulled up above the top of the boots. Wrinkles in the boots get pressed into your leg when the boots are done up and that doesn’t feel good.

What To Wear

The two most important things to remember when coming to the hill is to dress in layers and the outer layer should be water resistant. You might find that you are working hard while learning something new and want to take a layer off. You will also likely fall at least once or twice so wool mitts, jeans and sweatpants get covered in snow which gradually melts and leaves you wet and cold. Helmets are highly recommended and included in all rental packages. Helmets are extremely warm and comfortable. If you want to wear a hat underneath it should be a thin liner. Protecting your eyes is a wise thing to do when skiing or riding. Sunglasses can work on sunny days but goggles are suggested for colder or snowy days. Its hard to see where you are going with snowflakes hitting your eyeballs. We do not rent goggles but have them for sale at the top of the hill starting at $ 25

Alpine Responsibility Code

Everyone using Laurentian Ski Hill is expected to know and abide by the Responsibility Code, listed below.  Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it.

  1. Always stay in control.
  2. You must be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  3. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  4. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  5. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  6. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
  7. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  8. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
  9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
  10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant. Know the Code. It is your Responsibility!

Discover Skiing and Snowboarding Packages

For ages 7 and up. Our Discover packages are the best way to get started. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before any of the lesson times listed below so you have time to arrange rentals and get to your lesson.

Discover Ski & Snowboard