PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR SNOW SPORTS SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
Your First Day at Gore:
Remember that temperatures vary at different times of day and on different places on the mountain, and you might be outside longer than you planned.
Wear several non-cotton layers, warm mittens or gloves, and a helmet or hat. Make sure you have goggles and water-repellent outer layers. We also recommend a neck warmer than can help protect your face from the wind and cold, poly-pro or wool socks, and sunscreen. If you happen to forget something, our Retail Shop is likely to have what you need.
Avoid borrowing equipment from your friends or family that could be outdated, unsafe, or not sized correctly for you.
Rent equipment that is suited for your needs. The Gore Mountain Rental Shop has the latest technology in beginner equipment, and we keep it tuned and maintained. Our rental shop is located in the Northwoods Lodge, along with our Learning Center, so you can get your equipment in the same building as your lift and lesson tickets, and walk right out the door to our beginner terrain, or upstairs to the Kids Klub.
We'll help you find the right boots- a good fitting boot is snug, but you should be able to wiggle your toes. You should NOT be able to slide your foot foreward or backward, nor pull your heel up. Make sure your pants are pulled out over your boots, not tucked inside.
Helpful Hint: Wait until after you get your rental equipment and are ready to go outside before you put on your final layers of clothing.
Before you hit the slopes.....
Get a good night's sleeep and stay hydrated. If you're planning your trip in advance, it will benefit you to do some light exercising to help get your body used to physical activity. Of course, check with your doctor for any possible restrictions regarding exercise.
What time should I arrive?
Getting to the mountain early is always a smart move. The lifts open at 8:30am, but the Rental Shop and Snow Sports Center open at 8:00am. The food court is open at 7:30, so come up early for breakfast and coffee. The lodges and services are busiest between 9:00 - 11:00am. All morning lessons meet at 9:45am, both kids and adults, so plan at least 45 minutes to get your rental equipment and get out to your lesson.
What time do lessons meet?
Adult group lessons meet at 9:45am and 1:15pm daily and also at 10:45am on weekends and holidays.
Where should I go first?
Beginners should go to the Northwoods Lodge Learning Center first. There you will be able to purchase your lift tickets, all lesson products, daycare and rentals in one convenient location. From the Northwoods Lodge Learning Center you can walk out the door with your equipment to our base area with children already secured in our Kids Klub or Bear Cub Den daycare.
Where do I store my personal belongings while I am skiing or riding?
The Base Lodge and Northwoods Lodge rental shop have coin-operated lockers. You can also use our Bag Check in the Base Lodge's Tahawus Room. It is open on weekends and holidays, and offers in/out access to your bag throughout the day for $5.
Should I take a lesson?
Our ski and snowboard instructors are highly trained to teach you the proper techniques, with learning styles best suited for you. A lesson will help you learn quickly and efficiently, to make your day fun and successful.
What is the best age to start skiing or riding?
We have lessons available for all ages. Children's group lessons are for skiers and snowboarders ages 4 through 12, and those younger can take a private lesson. Whether you are 4 or 64, everyone learns at their own pace. Our instructors are very student centered and will help you learn whatever your age.
Is it easier to learn to ski or to snowboard first?
Whichever sport peaks your interest is the one you should learn. They both are fun and exciting. It's your choice!
Do I need a reservation to take a lesson?
Reservations, although not required, are highly recommended for private lessons, Kids Klub, and specialty 1 and 2-day camps, as these programs will sometimes sell out. Reservations are not necessary for adult group lessons.
What other services do you offer for when I'm not skiing?
There are a variety of Mountain Services at Gore to make the most of your time with us, such as different dining options, tubing, or massage. Check out our Mountain Services page for more information.
Some things to consider when putting your child into a lesson:
Is your child comfortable around new adults? Do they experience separation anxiety? Do they participate in other group activities, such as daycare? Do they play and share with other children? Have they been exposed to snow and cold winter conditions? Is your child able to use the bathroom without your assistance?
If you have their equipment at home, let them
walk around in their boots to get used to them.
Also, let them wear their ski clothes - hat, goggles, gloves, and jacket
- at home to get used to them.
Groups may be as many as 8, all of same ability level and like ages.
What time do lessons meet?
Kids Klub lessons meet at 9:45 and 1:15. All-day program participants can be dropped off as early as 8:30am and picked up by 4:00pm. For 2-hour morning sessions kids can be dropped off as early as 8:30 and picked up at noon. For 2-hour afternoon sessions kids can be dropped off as early as 12:45 and picked up by 4:00pm.
Why should I make a reservation?
Kids Klub can and does sell out so secure your childs spot with an advance reservation. If you're reserved, it avoids any wait in line, as we will have all of your child's tickets and information ready in Kids Klub when you arrive.
What is included with lesson pricing, and what costs extra?
Kids Klub Day of Fun includes lift ticket, lesson and lunch for $118, or $144 with rentals. For 2 hour kids lessons, lift ticket is included only for the duration of the lesson, for $75, or $101 with rentals. Upgrade your child's lift ticket if they wish to ski/ride before or after their lesson. $18 for ages 7-12, ages 6 & under ski and ride free daily.