Get Ready for your Snowsports Lesson!
Traveling to Tahoe
Be sure to carry tire chains and an ice scraper/brush in your vehicle. Cal Trans requires all motorists to possess chains or snow tires when traveling on I-80 near Truckee, CA during snowfall. Up to the minute road conditions are available via Cal Trans at 800.427.ROAD. Nevada road conditions 877.NVROADS. Cal Trans website has great tips for driving to snow country.
Be prepared for traffic on weekends and holidays by filling up your tank and emptying your bladder.
Preparing for your Snowsports Lesson:
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER! Start drinking water the night BEFORE you arrive in Tahoe to help your body adjust to higher altitude and drier air. Altitude + dehydration = headache & fatigue.
- BRING SNACKS to put in your coat pocket. You may need a little boost during your 2½ hr lesson. Instructors will provide breaks for water, food and rest as needed, but they are not allowed to provide food or beverages during the lesson.
- DON’T WEAR COTTON while skiing or snowboarding. Cotton traps moisture next to your skin and allows heat to escape. When choosing ski or snowboard clothing, look for fabrics like Capilene, wool, Thinsulate and Gortex for layering. These fabrics are specifically designed to keep heat in and moisture out. Here’s REI’s video tip for layering
If you don’t already own most of the items listed below, we have some limited ski clothing you can borrow for the day.
- AUSTISM SPECTRUM STUDENTS. Here is helpful information from our website for preparing your child for their lesson.
Snow Sports Clothing Checklist
ð Goggles (preferred over sunglasses)
ð Sunglasses Sunscreen Chapstick
ð Winter Hat (80% of your body's heat is lost through your head)
ð Long underwear top and bottom (base layer)
ð Fleece, down or wool sweater or jacket (insulating layer)
ð Water resistant ski or snowboard pants (shell layer)
ð Water resistant ski or snowboard jacket (shell layer)
ð Gloves or Mittens (2 pairs)
ð Thin and thick wool or synthetic socks (bring at least 2 pairs)
ð Winter snow boots/shoes