Before You Arrive

Skiers & Snowboarders

For Your Comfort

Things you need to know to make getting started easier:

!!!     Ski or Snowboard Boots are NOT supposed to hurt     !!!

  • Inside your Boots you should only have 1 pair of socks pulled up nice & straight – NO wrinkles
  • Socks should be at least calve height.
  • Multiple pairs of socks make things worse not better.
  • All Pants should be on the outside of the Boots.
  • Boots need to be nice and snug so you can activate your Skies or Snowboard easily.

Gloves

  • Gloves that are water-resistant are a must.
  • No matter how warm it gets, Gloves are still a necessity – snow is frozen water and has ice crystals in it and can freeze and cut your hands.

Clothing

  • Water-resistant Jacket and Pants make it more comfortable.
  • During snowmaking times a hat that covers your head & ears and a facemask may be called for.
  • The winter weather in the south is quite variable and you need to be prepared for freezing temperatures as well as warm sunny days. Layering is the way to go.

Eye & Skin Protection

  • Goggles or a good pair of sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun and snow.
  • Sunscreen is important on sunny days.

 Ober Gatlinburg Resort has several Locker Rooms with different size Lockers available, you may use any one of them to keep your extra gear safe. It is a good idea to not bring easily lost items on the slopes with you as it is almost impossible to find small items like car keys etc. in the snow. Make sure whatever you have on you while sliding is in a zippered pocket.

WHAT TO WEAR

First Timer’s Guide – Dress the Part

Part of the thrill of skiing and snowboarding is enjoying the refreshing winter weather. By dressing properly, you’ll stay comfortable no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

Our suggestions:

  • Dress in layers. A number of lighter layers allow you to adjust your clothing as the temperature changes.
  • Wear a base layer of long underwear or tights.
  • Warm collared shirt, turtleneck, sweater or fleece.
  • Water and wind resistant pants are the best bet, and you will be very glad you have them. Snow or ski pants are ideal, but jeans are OK as long as you bring an extra pair. Avoid sweat pants, they get wet very quickly! Be sure your pants are wide enough at the bottom of the legs to fit over large boots.
  • Jacket or shell with a high collar, once again water and wind resistant is best.
  • High socks. Only wearing one pair is best. Avoid socks with big, thick seams if possible.
  • Eye protection. Either sunglasses or goggles.
  • Gloves or mittens. Gloves allow more freedom of movement, but mittens are warmer – either way waterproof is best. Avoid knit gloves, they get wet very quickly.
  • Warm hat that covers your ears. The old saying “If your feet are cold, put on a hat” is true!
  • Sunscreen and lip balm, SPF 15 or greater. Even on cloudy days it is very easy to get too much sun when on the snow.
  • Be sure to bring extra clothes to change into for the ride home!
  • You will also need a driver’s license or credit card to rent skis or a snowboard. Please bring them with you to the ticket windows!