If it’s your first time skiing or boarding, we have a few tips to make the experience positive. Ensure everything will go as smoothly as possible by being prepared and by knowing what to expect.
If it’s your first time coming to Laurentian Ski Hill, come to the upper chalet at 15 Janey Ave. This is where the rental shop is located and, the beginner hill is at the top as well as well as our friendly and helpful staff who are happy to answer any questions you have so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Safe is Skiing?
Skiing is no more hazardous than riding a bike or playing tennis. Modern equipment such as shaped skis and release bindings have made skiing safer and more enjoyable. And we have all your equipment needs in our rental shop.
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. Skiing skills tend to progress quicker than learning to snowboard as snowboarding is a bit more difficult the first time. The learning curve for both is much easier once you get started.
How Can I Check Current Conditions?
Current Conditions are updated daily on our website during the ski season by 6:30 every morning www.Laurentianskihill.com . A summary of the conditions are also tweeted (@laurentianski) and posted on our Facebook page.
What Will it Cost?
It’s 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 or two is highly recommended, giving you peace of mind before you practice and set out on your own. Our 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"?
Skiing and snowboarding involve lots of physical exertion, you’ll be tired toward the end of the day. This is when concentration can slip and accidents might happen. If you’re tired, pack it in for the day. That way you’ll be able to enjoy another day of fun on the slopes.
Laurentian Ski Hill has a wide variety of rental equipment. When you arrive at the rental shop you will be required to fill in a rental form. Please fill out the form completely and honestly, so we can properly fit you with appropriate equipment.
If you are under 18, the form needs to be signed by a parent or guardian. A credit card is required to guarantee the equipment is returned. Our staff will provide all the information you will need to ensure your rental equipment fits and works properly and that you are comfortable and safe.
What To Wear
Dress in layers with the outer layer being water resistant. Whether a beginner or more experienced, you’ll be working hard so you may want to shed a layer along the way. Wool mitts, jeans and sweatpants get covered in snow which melts leaving you wet and cold so water resistant outerwear is best.
Helmets are highly recommended, warm and comfortable and included in all rental packages. If you want to wear a hat underneath it should be a thin liner. Protecting your eyes is a wise. Helmets are mandatory in the terrain park. Sunglasses might work on sunny days but goggles are suggested for colder or snowy days. We do not rent goggles but have them for sale starting at $25
Alpine Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control. You must 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.
- Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to ski patrol.
- Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment (brakes on skis and leashes on snowboards and snow blades.
- Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
- Keep off closed trails and closed areas.
- You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
- You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.
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 so you can arrange rentals and prepare for your lesson.