Dress for Winter!
Remember that temperatures vary at different times of day and on different mountain areas, 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.
Helpful Hint: Wait until after you get your rental equipment and are ready to go outside before you put on your final layers.
Use the right equipment.
Avoid borrowing equipment from your friends or family that could be outdated, unsafe, or not sized correctly for you.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. Our Rental Shop, located in the Northwoods Lodge, has the latest technology in beginner equipment, and we keep it tuned and maintained. We'll help you find the right gear.
Before you hit the slopes.....
Get a good night's sleep and stay hydrated.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a reservation to take a lesson?
Reservations, although not required, are highly recommended for private lessons, Mountain Adventure Programs, and specialty 1 and 2-day clinics, as these programs will sometimes sell out. Reservations are not necessary for ages 13+ group lessons.
What time should I arrive?
Getting to the mountain early is always a good idea. 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 join us for breakfast and coffee. Morning lessons for kids and adults meet at 9:45am, so plan at least 45 minutes to get your rental equipment and get out to your lesson. Afternoon lessons meet at 1:15pm daily, with an additional 10:45am session for ages 13+ on Saturday, Sunday, and during holiday periods.
Where should I go first?
Beginners should go to the Snow Sports Center in the Northwoods Lodge 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 you can walk out the door with your equipment to our base area, with children already secured in our Mountain Adventure Center 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 at the Lost & Found desk in the Base Lodge, available Saturday, Sunday, and during holiday periods, with in/out access to your bag throughout the day for just $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 for all ages. Mountain Adventure lessons are for skiers and snowboarders ages 4-12, those younger can take a private lesson, and we offer value-packed beginner packages for ages 13+. Our instructors are very student centered and will help you learn at your own pace, 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!
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. Visit our Mountain Services page for more information.
Special Notes for Parents
Please consider the following when putting your child in our Mountain Adventure programs
Are they 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? Can they 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 - helmet, goggles, gloves, and jacket - at home to get used to them.
Mountain Adventure programs may sell out (especially during holiday periods) so secure your child's spot with an advance reservation. If you've reserved, we'll have all of your child's tickets and information ready in the Mountain Adventure Center when you arrive. Please note that we do not take same day reservations.
Mountain Adventure class sizes are generally six students per instructor, but may be smaller or larger. We reserve the right to combine classes when needed.