According to the Breckenridge Ski Patrol “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear”. Make sure you have the right gear for your ski adventure. (Photo Credit: gobreck.com)
If you’d like to learn to ski, there’s more to it than just figuring out how to walk in boots, use your poles or make a pizza to stop. We asked the ski patrol at Breckenridge Resort what are some of the most common mistakes for first time skiers. First, be prepared for the altitude change. Altitude sickness is due to the lower amounts of oxygen in the air at high altitudes. Altitude sickness can manifest itself in breathlessness, throbbing headaches and fatigue to name a few. To avoid the effects of altitude sickness, especially if you are coming to Breckenridge (or any mountain town) from sea level, is to gradually increase the altitude. If you are visiting Breck, spend one night in Denver first. This will give your body an adjustment period at 5,000 ft. prior to going up to 10,000 ft.
What else do you need to know? Here’s what else the Breck Ski Patrol had to say about common mistakes of first time skiers.
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Beech Mountain has the only quad chair lift to get skiers up the mountain fast.
What: Ski North Carolina, Compare High Country Ski Resorts
Where: Appalacian Ski Mtn., Sugar Mtn. and Beech Mtn.
When: November – March
Cost: Ranges for youth and adult Lift Tickets $20 – $68
Recently I was invited by the North Carolina High Country on a press tour of the ski resorts located in the area. Each has its own unique qualities and offer skiers a little something different. All the resorts have invested in large snow guns, so as long as nights are below 32 degrees, they can create a winter wonderland on the slopes. Here’s what you can expect at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort.
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Sugar Mountain offers lots ot do on and off the slopes. (photo credit: Sugar Mtn. Resort, NC)
What: Ski Sugar Mountain
Where: 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, NC | 1-800-784-2768
When: November – March (Call for conditions)
Cost: Lift tickets are $25 – $68 for adults | $20 – $45 Under 12
Midweek Learn to Ski Package includes rentals and lessons starting at $62
Complete rental set: $16 – $28 Adults | $10 -$28 Kids | Snowboard equipment is $25 and $36
Group Ski Lesson: $22
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When most Southerners think of snow skiing, North Carolina probably isn’t the first place they think about, but it’s a great, drivable option for those that want to learn to ski, or to get their snow fix close to home. Sugar Mountain, near Banner Elk, NC offers 115 acres of skiable terrain and 20 slopes for ski levels from beginner green trails to the states only double black diamond advanced run. If you are thinking about bringing the family to Sugar Mountain to ski, here are a few things you need to know.
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Appalachian Ski Mountain is a compact slope, so it’s easy for parents to keep track of kids.
What: Ski North Carolina: Appalachian Ski Mtn.
Where: 940 Ski Mountain Rd., Blowing Rock, NC 28605 | 828-295-7828
When: November – March (Call for conditions)
Cost: Lift tickets are $20 – $65 for adults | $16 – $65 12 and under or 60+ | Complete rental set with helmet: $25 | Group Ski Lesson: $18 for one hour
For Southerners, it’s an easy drive to ski North Carolina vs. flying out west. Appalachian Ski Mtn. near Boone, NC is perfect for families who are learning to ski. It’s compact and easy to keep an eye on kids, even if they aren’t standing right next to you. There are nine runs, three freestyle terrain parks, four chair lifts and two conveyors. The lodge is located at the base of the mountain and it’s easy to see all the runs, perfect for parents who want to give their kids a little more freedom. The lodge also has wi-fi, so if parents aren’t skiers, they can let the kids go, and get some work done. Plus, the French-Swiss Ski College is a very well respected and successful ski school program. Here’s what else you need to know about App Ski Mtn. before you go.
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The proper way for kids to carry skis is in front of them. Adults put them over their shoulder with tips down (so you don’t wallop someone behind you). (Photo Credit: Bill Russ at Beech Mtn., NC)
According to Talia Freeman, marketing manager at Beech Mountain Resort, a lot of would be skiers decide they don’t like the sport before they even get on the mountain because they find the process of getting the gear and getting around intimidating. Don’t let ski equipment keep you off the slopes, you’d be missing so much. It’s not as hard as it sounds and once you get used to it, you’ll be walking in those ski boots like a pro. Here is a Beginner’s Guide to Ski Rental and Gear and what you need to know to look like a pro.
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What’s a Southerners first ski vacation like? Read on.
Guest post by Jennifer Close, Two Kids and a Map
When we moved from Pensacola, Florida to Denver, Colorado at the end of November, skiing wasn’t even on my family activity radar. My husband was excited about being closer to the mountain because he is an intermediate snowboarder but I had no interest in skiing. I had tried skiing once before on a trip to Wisp, Maryland and it wasn’t pretty. The adventure ended in a snow mobile ride down the mountain with a member of ski patrol. Not only do I have the bad memory of that one day of skiing, I am also not really a fan of cold weather or snow. Or, so I thought.
Our recent visit to Copper Mountain has completely changed my mind. As a Southern gal, I was very nervous and anxious about our ski trip. I am used to tank tops, flip flops and trips to the beach but I was determined to make the best of it.
You can find nonstop flights from Atlanta to Denver for under $200 right now, which helps to make the mountains of Colorado accessible for that big winter family vacation. If you are thinking about traveling to Copper Mountain, there are a number of things to consider before your trip.
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To stay warm in the snow, dress in layers.
A ski vacation takes a bit more preparation than just throwing a bathing suit in a bag and heading out. For first time skiers, the most important rule of thumb is stay warm and dry. Otherwise, you’ll be miserable and won’t be able to enjoy the experience. This post is a beginners guide to What to Wear Skiing. We’ve outlined eight things to consider before leaving for the slopes. In addition, we give you some alternatives to purchasing expensive ski clothing. Continue reading What to Wear Skiing: A Beginners Guide
Beech Mtn. offers several packages geared toward the new or novice skier, as well as a challenge for experienced skiers.
What: Ski North Carolina: Ski Beech Mountain Ski Resort
Where: Beech Mountain North Carolina
When: November – March
Cost: Adult lift tickets $25 – $63 | Children 5 – 12 and Seniors 65 – 69 $20 – $43 | 70+ ski free
Deals: $99 midweek Special
$101 Ski Deal
$45 Learn to Ski Package
Planning to ski MLK weekend? Beech Mtn. rates are regular weekday rates for MLK day
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A few weeks before Christmas I was invited on a press trip to Ski Beech Mountain North Carolina. My family and I have been to Beech Mountain before, but this trip was just adults and although a lot of fun, I missed watching my kids learn to navigate the slopes, experience more snow than they’d ever seen in their lives and laugh themselves silly pushing each other down Beech Mountain’s free sledding hill. I keep looking at the calendar trying to figure out when I can go back with the kids. If skiing with the family is on your list as well, here’s what you need to know for your Ski Beech vacation.
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Fred and Margie Phofl own Fred’s Mercantile. Stop by the backside deli for a hearty breakfast.
Although I stay at different places when I go to Beech Mountain, I tend to eat at the same restaurants. Maybe that means I’ve already discovered the best locations, or maybe it just means I’m a creature of habit. Either way, here’s the places I return to again and again when I’m vacationing at Beech Mountain.
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January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Lots of resorts around the country have special offers, including Cooper Mtn., pictured here.
What: Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Where: Across the United States
When: January 2013
Cost: Ski Deals and discounts available at most ski resorts
I love to ski. I was part of the ski club in high school and we went every Wednesday. It’s a little harder to do that out of Atlanta. However, recently, I went to Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina on a press trip. As soon as I got on the mountain, I remembered how much I love skiing. The crisp air, the bright snow, flying down the mountain.
If you’ve never skied, it’s never too late to try. January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month and there are a host of deals to entice new comers to try the sport or if you’re like me, rediscover how much you love it.
This month on Field Trips with Sue, we’ll be featuring lots of ski-related blog posts and resort reviews. If you have a favorite ski resort, let us know about it. To jump start the series, here’s where to find some great ski deals.
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