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First Visit

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!

  • How To: Tickets & Rentals - A little step-by-step procedure to help you get out on the slopes faster!
  • Tips for You - Great tips for everyone!
  • Tips for Kids - Happy Kids make happy parents and enjoyable experiences.
  • Safety - Whether you are an avid skier/boarder or this is your first time on the slopes, it is important that you know and follow proper safety guidelines

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.

 

Buying Tickets

The ticket windows are located inside the  lodge through the Main Entrance Doors (2nd level) where you can purchase   snow passes, rental equipment, lessons, and Paoli Peaks retail.

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:

  1. Type of snow pass (required): - Adult (13+), Child (7-12), 6 & Under 
  2. Need Rental Equipment? (optional, but necessary if you don't have your own.)
  3. Need Helmet Rental? (optional)
  4. Taking a Lesson? (optional)  If so, which type? (group, private, semi-private, snow monsters, adaptive) 
EXAMPLE:  "Hello, I need to purchase tickets for 4 people.  The first is an adult who needs rental.  The second is also an adult who needs rental and would like to take a lesson. (If you know what lesson type, specify at that time. If not, the cashier will help you decide which one would be best for you) Next, I have child who is 8.  She/He needs rental and a lesson.  And last, I have 6 year old who only needs rental."
  • A snow pass is required for each person who will be on the snow, as well as, renting equipment and taking a lesson. 
  • A snow pass includes access to the snow and the use of all lifts. 
  • Lessons can be purchased at any time, however we recommend purchasing at the same time you purchase your snow pass and/or rental equipment. 
  • Please be aware, Paoli Peaks rental department cannot rent only boots or only skis/snowboard; our rental must be paired together. No worries, though, if you have one and not the other (boots and not skis) the Pro Shop can help you out. If you are renting equipment from the Pro Shop, you must purchase a snow pass (without rental) first.

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.


Equipment Rental Procedures:

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:

  1. Get equipment.
  2. Layer Up - Put on final layers of clothing - this way you won't be so hot when trying on boots.
  3. Store personal belongings.

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.

  1. Pick out your boots; sizes generally match foot in a dress shoe.
  2. Find a spot on the benches and try them on. We recommend only one pair of socks, otherwise the boots may be too tight. Adjust all the buckles, make sure they are snug, but not too tight, that they hurt your feet.
  3. Coin lockers are available to store your shoes and other belongings. We suggest storing most of your belongings in a locker, most importantly car keys, cell phones (if you don't need it), and wallets (keep a few bucks on you).  Those items are most likely to end up in Lost & Found.
  4. Proceed to the counter to pick up your skis or snowboard. Let the technician know your boarding ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced). You will be asked your height and weight so the equipment will be properly fitted to you. For Children's skis, a Rental employee will fit your child with skis once boots have been picked out and put on.

Snowboard Equipment - Boots and snowboards are located in the snowboard room on the opposite side of the ski rental room.

  1. Give the rental employee your shoe size (sizes generally match foot in a dress shoe).
  2. Find a spot on the benches and try them on. We recommend only one pair of socks, otherwise the boots may be too tight. Lace the boots up, make sure they are snug, but not too tight so that they hurt your feet. Smaller children may need help lacing their boots in order to require the correct tightness.
  3. Coin lockers are available to store your shoes and other belongings. We suggest storing most of your belongings in a locker, most importantly car keys, cell phones (if you don't need it), and wallets (keep a few bucks on you).  Those items are most likely to end up in Lost & Found.
  4. Proceed to the counter to pick up your snowboard. Let the technician know your boarding ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced). You will be asked your height and weight so the equipment will be properly fitted to you. You may need to re-lace as boots will loosen throughout the day.

Take A Lesson:

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.

 

What to do if you:

  • Need a restroom? Restrooms are located on the 2nd floor - adjacent to the Ticket Windows (through double doors at the base of the stairs), opposite the Rental Department, and next to the Snow Monsters Room.  Single-Stall restrooms are also located on the 3rd level (the dining "fireplace" room) for wheelchair access only.
  • Need First Aid? Report accidents to any uniformed Patroller (red jacket or black vest with a white "plus" sign), lift attendant, or at the First Aid station located at the northwest corner of the Lodge (1st level, outside entrance only).
  • Need lunch? Located on the 3rd floor is our cafeteria-style restaurant, Starbucks coffee stand & smoothies, 2 large dining rooms, and a bar & lounge for 21+ crowd.  Our cafeteria includes a Pizzeria with homemade pizza, deli sandwiches, soups, fried foods, hamburgers/hotdogs/chicken sandwiches, etc, hot chocolate & coffee, packaged snacks, fountain drinks and bottled drinks.
  • Need a Wheelchair Ramp?  A wheelchair accessible ramp is located on the east (right) side of the building, accessible from the upper parking lot.  The ramp will take you to our dining room located on the 3rd floor. There are 3 handicap parking spots next to the ramp.
  • Are separated from your Party?  Notify the Front Office (located on the 4th floor, accessible from the "fireplace" dining room) of the missing person.  Office Personnel will have the lift department put the missing person's name on the message boards (dry erase boards) located at each of the chair lifts unloading areas. The Front Office may also seek assistance from Ski Patrol. It's a good idea to discuss with your party a meeting place and the locations of the message boards, just in case someone gets separated from the rest of the group.

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Tips For You

 

EXPECTATIONS

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.


THINGS TO BRING

  • Gloves, mittens, liner gloves
  • Hat or headband
  • Neck gaiter/face mask/bandana
  • Water and Wind resistant snow clothes (jacket and pants). Paoli Pro Shop rents jackets if you don't have your own. 
  • Layering items like vests, tank tops, long sleeve shirts, long underwear, sweatshirts
  • 2 pair of wool or polyester socks (not cotton), light to medium thickness. 
  • Ski Google or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm with SPF.
  • Ibuprofen
  • Credit Cards, ID's, Phone, Camera with a safe and secure place to store them

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.


TIPS PRIOR TO HITTING THE SLOPES

  • Get in shape. Don't try to ski yourself into shape. You'll enjoy skiing more if you're physically fit.
  • Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly. The Paoli Pro Shop located inside the Paoli Peaks lodge can help you with that. If you don't have your own equipment, rent from us!
  • 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 drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort and keep wind out. Be sure to buy quality clothing and products.
  • Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
  • Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, 80 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
  • Wear sun protection. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think, even on cloudy days!
  • Always wear eye protection. Have sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can see.

TIPS WHILE ON THE SLOPES

  • Take a lesson. 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.
  • 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.
  • Skiing and snowboarding require a mental and physical presence.
  • The all-important warm-up run prepares you mentally and physically for the day ahead.
  • Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.
  • Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
  • Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly-and in control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all have fun.
  • If you're tired, take a break. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
  • Follow the "Your Responsibility Code," the seven safety rules of the slopes:

LOST & FOUND

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!


STORING YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS

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:

  • Coin-Operated Lockers (approx H 16"x L 16" x W 12") - these lockers are small and are perfect for storing items you won't need until you leave (wallet, car keys, etc). COST - $0.75 each time the locker is accessed - Quarters only accepted)
  • Digital Lockers - these lockers come in 3 different sizes: Small $4 (H 14"x L 21" x W 12"), Medium $6 (H 18"x L 21" x W 15"), and Large $10 (H 24"x L 30" x W 17". These lockers are great because you can create your own 4-digit pass code, which means NO KEY to keep track of! With the digital pass code, each member of your group can access the locker at any given time without paying for each access. Exact cash or credit card is accepted with these 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. 


TAKE A LESSON

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!

The Discovery Lesson | Group Lesson | Private Lesson | Snow Monsters Lesson | Adaptive Lessons

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!

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Tips for Kids


Your Responsibilities

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.

Helmets

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.

For more information on helmets, visit the NSAA web site Lids on Kids (http://www.lidsonkids.org)

Helmets can be rented from our Main Ticket Windows --> $10, or purchased at our Pro Shop.

Dress Properly

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).

Sun Protection

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 Prepared

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.

Ski & Snowboard Lessons

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!

Take Breaks

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!

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