We know trying something new can be intimidating, especially when it means strapping something to your feet and sliding down a snow-covered hill. Paoli Peaks has many visits each year from families and individuals who have never tried skiing or snowboarding before. We understand the questions that arise and the need to have all as much information to help you plan your trip - That's why we have dedicated this sections to first-timers. It should provide answers to all of your questions and more about your visit. If it doesn't, we are here to help! Give us a call at (812) 723-4696 or send us an email!
Always check the Snow Report before coming out to Paoli Peaks for updates on snow and tubing conditions. Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing are weather-dependent activities and conditions and hours are subject to change. Because of this, conditions and hours are subject to change without notice.
Our Point-of-Sale system requires our cashiers to enter information a certain way. When at the ticket windows, it is helpful if you start with the first person providing the following information before moving on to the next person in your group:
After receiving your snow pass, place it on something you will wear all day and will be visible to our lift attendants. We recommend your jacket or snow pants zipper. How to attach a lift ticket It is important to make sure the right ticket is on the right person.
The Paoli Peaks Rental Shop is located on the lower level, to the left of the Main Ticket Windows. Your snow pass, lesson packages, ski/snowboard rentals, boot rentals, and helmet rentals must be purchased first at the Main Ticket Windows. Tip: Don't get dressed to ski or ride when you need rental equipment. Follow these steps:
To get the right boot fit, be sure to wear the proper socks. The boot should fit like a snug hiking boot with no pressure points. Be sure that your pants are not tucked into the boot.
Skiing Equipment - ski boots and skis are located in the first room of the rental department. Children's ski boots are located in a second room on your left once you enter the rental department.
Snowboard Equipment - Boots and snowboards are located in the snowboard room on the opposite side of the ski rental room.
Before taking a lesson, you must first purchase a lesson at the Ticket Windows. Lesson Times vary by day of the week so its a good idea to plan accordingly. When it is time for your lesson, meet with the Instructors at Snow Sports meeting place...Located on the east side of the building out on the snow (in between the Quad and the Triple Lift). Whether you chose to ski or snowboard, we have the lesson for you! The beginner lesson will teach you how to turn, stop, and when & how to use the lifts at Paoli Peaks.
Everyone learns at different paces. It is important to keep your expectations reasonable. This way both you and your children will have a successful and rewarding on the snow experience. Some factors that can affect learning to ski or snowboard include your temperament (how open you are to new things), age, and physical ability. Both skiing and snowboarding take specialized skills that improve with practice over time. Ultimately, your expectations for you or your kids should focus on the fun and excitement of the overall experience.
The Paoli Pro Shop, located inside the ski lodge, rents ski and snowboard clothing at a very reasonable rate! They also offer a variety of options for snow clothes and layering clothing.
There are many personal items lost on the slopes each day. The most common items lost are: call phones, wallets, and keys (in that order). It's never good to lose a personal possession and by doing so, a great day immediately turns into a horrible day.... especially if your keys are missing. We recommend putting all items in a locker and only accessing them when you need them. Paoli Peaks has many lockers available on all levels of the lodge (more info below). If you're worried about carrying around cash or credit cards, we recommend getting a Paoli Peaks reloadable Gift Card. If by chance you do happen to lose something, we recommend immediately reporting it to the Front Office, where you will fill out a "lost" report. Should your item turn up, we will be able to return it!
Prevent your personal belongings from getting lost on the slopes by storing them in your car or in one of the many lockers available for rent at Paoli Peaks. At Paoli Peaks, we have 2 types of rental lockers:
Please Note: Tables inside the lodge are reserved for restaurant patrons. Outside or personal food/drinks, including coolers, are not allowed in the dining areas of the lodge. Personal food/drinks can be enjoyed on the deck or in the Picnic room.
Learn to ski and snowboard at Paoli Peaks! Ski and Snowboarding instruction helps the beginner and benefits skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor. At Paoli Peaks, we offer a variety of lesson types, fit for all abilities and ages. Take a look below at the different lessons available.
Our philosophy is to have fun while learning or improving your skiing or snowboarding skills. Eat a hearty meal before lessons, and for the most possible fun, bring along a friend and learn together!
During your skiing or snowboarding lesson be active, open, and positive to learn. Ask questions. Our instructors want you to get the most out of your lesson. Don't be afraid to go first. Let them know how you like to learn.
The key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control. To have it, you must be aware of your technique, the terrain, and the skiers/snowboarders around you. Be aware of the snow conditions and how they can change. As conditions turn firm, the skiing gets hard and fast. Begin a run slowly.
We hope you enjoy your time at Paoli Peaks in much as we do!
Have your child memorize the "Your Responsibility Code." It's the seven rules of the slopes and many accidents can be avoided by adhering to the Code.
Snow Sport helmets are a good idea. If your child wears a ski helmet, remember you may have to raise your voice more to get their attention because a helmet may impede their hearing. Make sure the helmet fits correctly. Educate your child about the benefits and limitations of the helmet. Wearing a helmet doesn't give permission to ski or snowboard faster or recklessly.
Helmets can be rented from our Main Ticket Windows --> $10, or purchased at our Pro Shop.
Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For example, dress your kids in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Your kids should also wear a turtleneck, sweater and waterproof jacket.
When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and deep pockets. Be sure to buy your children quality clothing products
Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Kids should wear a hat or headband, 80 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Kids should also wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for kids who are susceptible to cold hands).
Be sure they wear sun protection, even on cloudy days. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think! A ski vacation with a sun burn is no fun!
Kids should have sunglasses and goggles with them. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see. Always wear eye protection.
Be sure you child has the name and phone number of your hotel written down on a piece of paper and it's in a secure pocket. If you carry a cell phone, include this number too.
Although it is very unlikely that your child would get separated from the instructor, be sure your child has a trail map and is able to remember the instructor's name.
Make sure your child knows when to stop skiing. For example, if the clothing layer next to their skin stays wet and they're chilled, if they're injured, have a problem with equipment or even if they're simply worn out. Educate them that it's alright to stop before the end of the day and breaks are fun.
Make a meeting place if you get separated, for example, at the top of chairlift #2. The walkie talkies now available are convenient and a big hit on the slopes.
Put your kids in ski school to get them on the right track. Children's instructors know how to teach kids, it's their business. Then you'll enjoy skiing with your kids and they will be proud to show you their skiing abilities.
When you've decide what area to take your ski trip, call the ski resorts in the area and research how each area's children ski school programs are structured. Ask about the number of kids in the class? What if your child gets cold? What if your child wants to stop skiing after one hour? Does the ski school offer pagers?
An observance from a long-time skier is that when his daughter skied with him, she regressed, as opposed to skiing with her peers in a lesson. "She wanted to ski in-between my legs and fell down more often. We had fun with her being silly, but a lesson allowed her to focus on her skiing and she really excelled."
Starting your kids early, opens a world of adventure, fun, laughter and beautiful scenery unsurpassed, from many other sports and interests. It's a tremendous feeling to learn that your kids' fondest childhood memories were of your family ski vacations and now skiing has become an important element in their lives. Your kids will be forever grateful to you when they become adults!
Skiing and Snowboarding burn a lot of calories. It's important to take frequent breaks and restock your body nutrients. Bring along some snacks with you; protein bars and bananas are healthy snack options. It is also important to drink lots of water - Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!