What else can I do at a ski resort?

It depends on your chosen destination and resort, but there are typically a myriad of activities for you to enjoy:

  • Alpine hiking in snowshoes
  • Snowmobile rides
  • Dog sledding
  • Yoga classes
  • Spas featuring a long list of relaxing treatments
  • …and perhaps our favorite alternative ski activity, après all day in front of a fireplace sipping hot toddies while watching the snow fall

There’s nothing quite like rising to the top of a snowy mountain and embarking on a downward run through pine trees toward lakes, crisp air on your cheeks, all while feeling a rush of adrenaline. Experienced in the most glamorous destinations around the world while taking in some of the most stunning views, well that’s the uniqueness of skiing.

Skiing is our passion. We guarantee you will become a devotee after your first SKIUSA experience. We look forward to meeting you and planning your next ski adventure!

Do I need to be a certain age, height, or weight?

Everyone can can ski, including the young and young at heart.

Should I enroll child in a ski school immediately?

Avoid scheduling ski classes on the first day. If this is the first time in a winter climate; the size of the mountain and feel of the snow can be intimidating. Let your child become familiar with the surroundings and watch others ski. A day spent playing in the snow is also a good opportunity to ensure clothes fit well and are warm, dry, and safe.

Do I need to bring my own skis, snowboard, boots, and other equipment?

Highly unlikely. Most resorts have everything you need available for rent. Once you’ve chosen a destination, we’ll ensure the equipment you need is available or let you know what extras to pack.

I’ve never skied before, how do I start?

As the saying goes, start at the very beginning…and that means lessons.

My friends know how to ski and said they’d teach me.

Lessons with a qualified instructor guarantee you´ll be jumping out of the gondola and onto the slopes with your friends in no time.

What clothes should I pack?

Considering you will be spending your time in the snow and most likely working up a sweat, bring items that keep the heat in, protect against the wind and wick your sweat away. Here at SkiUSA, we like to layer:

  • Start with a long-sleeve shirt, preferably microfiber.
  • We layer a fleece coat on top of this. Fleece retains much of its insulating properties when wet, is highly breathable, and maintains body temperature while allowing movement.
  • Last is a wind and waterproof coat. Lightweight puffers, ‘hybrid’ jackets, insulated parkas, and snowboard jackets are just a few examples. Check your local ski shop and tell them you’re embarking on a ski adventure, they’ll point you in the right direction.
What about accessories?

Gloves, warm socks, and ski goggles with lenses that protect your eyes from UV rays and bright snow are a must. You can also pack beanies and neck gaiters for warmth, and snow pack backpacks for snacks and water.

My child can start skiing at three years old?

Yes! Children can take their first steps in the snow after learning to walk. Soon after that, they can start schussing down the bunny slope.

Do children need special clothing or equipment?

Equipment rentals are available at the resort. We do suggest buying a pair of waterproof overalls for toddlers; they tend to move around and overalls prevent snow from coming into contact with their skin.

How to adapt children?

Few activities provide a better family bonding experience than skiing. The endless activities include playing games in the snow and build snowmen with the little ones to hitting the slopes and enjoying après-ski with the grown-ups.

Private lessons begin at the age of three, with ski schools starting at the age of four (children must be potty-trained). Most resorts maintain ski schools with specialized instructors who teach little ones to ski at their level.

What if I have special needs or a disability?

Many resorts are staffed with instructors who specialize in coaching those with disabilities. Let us know of any special needs, we will ensure you have the support you need.

Do I need to be in shape?

You do not need be in peak physical condition. If you don’t exercise regularly, begin a light aaerobic activity routine six weeks prior to your trip.