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Skiing and Snowboarding for Beginners at Diamond Peak
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Where to Go
Parking is close and convenient at Diamond Peak. Most days it's just a short walk to the ticket booths and on busy days we run a parking lot tram.
Go to the ticket booths first, located at the entrance of the ski resort. You can purchase a first time beginner package (includes rental equipment, lesson and lift ticket) for only $79.The group lessons are for ages *7 and older are offered twice daily, at 10am and 2pm. Reservations are not accepted so we suggest arriving at least one hour before your lesson time, or earlier on holidays. Our ticket windows and rental shop both open by 8:30am.
*If you are looking for lessons for ages 3-7, please see refer to Child Ski Center pricing and information.
If you need rental equipment, head up to the Base Lodge. You will see the Rental Shop on the right hand side of the lodge, at the top of the black staircase. Professional staff will help you get your gear. In order to get you sized correctly, you will need to enter your information into our database, the computers are located at the entrance of the rental shop. (Be honest, they need to set the bindings correctly for you).Once we have your information on file, you will never have to enter it again, unless you have a change in your statistics, or ability level.
The lesson meeting area is located in back of the Skier Services Building. Look for the sign that coordinates with your lesson description, that is where you will meet your instructor. Make sure you are on time for your lesson. Listen to your instructor and enjoy your new experience. Remember skiing/boarding can be a challenging sport. Hang with it and you will find it can be a rewarding sport you can enjoy for a life time.
Why Take Lessons?
Skiing and snowboarding is a technical sport. By taking lessons you will be taught these special techniques that will greatly improve your chances of learning and enjoying a life time sport. Lessons will help you be successful in this new endeavor. Remember: Lessons = Success = Fun! Additionally lessons are an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the sport and the equipment. Instructors can inform you about area, where to go after the day is over and what equipment is best to purchase.
Why Rent Equipment?
Skiing and snowboarding equipment can be a large investment and buying the wrong equipment can be a costly mistake. Renting gear gives you an opportunity to test it before you buy it. With our rentals priced low you can enjoy skiing and boarding without investing a lot money.
What to drink / Where to eat
High altitude, exercise and the sun rob water from your body. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day especially on your way to the ski area. Avoid diuretics such as coffee and alcohol. Eat plenty of food. Make sure your children eat a nutritious breakfast as well! You can find snacks as well as a healthy breakfast at the Base Lodge. At lunch time, head to the cafeteria and when the weather is nice the outside barbecue can be the perfect place to enjoy your lunch.
Physical and mental challenges
Snow is a slippery surface especially in awkward ski boots. Walk slowly and carefully when your boots are on. Use side rails to balance yourself when they are available. Once your skis are on falling is common and part of the fun.
Here are a few more challenges you can expect as a beginner:
As you progress most of these problems will go away. To help yourself improve try to get your body in shape. The altitude, weather, and the physical challenges of the sport can take a toll on your body. Stretch before hitting the slopes and take breaks when you are tired. Most injuries come at the end of the day when your body is most fatigued.
Once you have already experienced skiing or snowboarding you can continue practicing what you've learned in your first lesson. After a while, you will want to improve your skills and start to explore more of the mountain. This is the time to take another lesson. Advanced lessons will start from where you left off. Diamond Peak offers two advanced lesson packages. Information on Level II and III packages .