First Timer's Guide

We pride ourselves on giving beginner skiers & snowboarders a great intro to snow sports.


Every ski area, whether a day (no lodging) or destination (lodging) area, has the same basic facilities:

  • A mountain with ski lifts to transport skiers to the top.
  • Trails of varying difficulty to ski back to the bottom.
  • A base lodge with food service, restrooms, ticket window, ski school, and Ski Patrol.
  • Parking lot.
  • At the mountain or nearby are ski and rental shops, and, if a resort area, lodging, restaurants, bars, shops and services.
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Changing Areas & Lockers

After you get your equipment, you will proceed to the locker area to change into your ski or snowboard boots and ready yourself for the slopes. Token lockers are available for you to use to store your shoes and other items while you are on the slopes. Each locker takes $1 in tokens and we have machines that will convert your dollar bills to tokens on site.

Once you are ready to go, dressed appropriately for the weather, and wearing your equipment boots, you will grab your skis and poles or your snowboard and proceed to the slopes. If you are meeting a lesson group, you will do so at the Ski School sign, and at the base of the beginner slope at Alpine Valley. With these tips your first time skiing ever should be a good one.

Don't forget Sunscreen! Snow is reflective, and magnifies the sun's rays the same way that water in a pool or the ocean does. Putting on sunscreen at least a half hour before you hit the slopes is a great way to protect your skin.

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