IVGID tip | Tips for beginner skiers and snowboarders

Kids can learn early and often with lessons on how to ride or ski.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and National Safety Month at the ski resorts.

Combining these two are fitting as most ski programs stress the importance of safety, fun and learning. Below are a few tips for those learning how to ski or snowboard this month.

Be prepared: Weather can change rapidly in the mountains so layering is your best option. You can add or take off layers as you get warmer or colder. Wear water resistant gloves, snow pants and don’t forget eye protection such as goggles or sunglasses. Not only do they protect your eyes from the sun but wraparound sunglasses or goggles can help shield your eyes from the wind. The sun reflects off the snow on sunny and cloudy days so wear sunscreen and lip balm with SPF.

Stay fueled and hydrated: The combination of high altitude, exercise and sun can dehydrate so drink plenty of water and avoid diuretics such as coffee and alcohol. Eat a good breakfast, something with whole grains and protein that will give you the energy you need. Stash an energy bar in your jacket for a mid morning snack to keep you going strong until lunchtime.

Take a lesson: Friends don’t let friends teach friends. Although your friend or family member may be a great skier or snowboarder, it’s not the best idea to let them teach you. Learning something new can be frustrating and you’ll want to have the best experience and not jeopardize your relationship. Let a trained ski or snowboard instructor teach you the basics to start off with a good foundation and hopefully avoid bad habits and injuries. They have taught hundreds, if not thousands, of beginners and know how to explain and demonstrate the essential skills and form.

Now is the perfect time for adults and kids to learn with deals going on for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Diamond Peak is offering $39 Learn to Ski and Ride packages January 13-17, which include a beginner lift ticket, equipment rentals and a group lesson for ages four to adults.

This tip was provided by Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Visit or call 775-832-1177 for information.

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