New to the Sport?

We understand that skiing can also be intimidating for first-timers or those who are re-entering the sport after a long absence. Our Discover Packages and Next Step Programs are all designed to help ease your fears, and to get you started down the right path.

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Don’t know how to ski or snowboard? No problem! Purchase a Big White season pass and at no extra cost we will teach you how - guaranteed!
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Big White's Ski and Board School has some of the best instructors from all over the globe to boost your confidence and help you get the most from our world class terrain at any age. Our experienced and caring pros will get you out on the slopes having fun in no time!

Discover 4 Day Program

Want to learn how to ski or snowboard? Here’s your chance! This program is designed to give first time skiers and riders of all ages a fun, safe, and encouraging learning experience.

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Discover Half Day

This program is designed to give first time skiers and riders of all ages a fun, safe, and encouraging learning experience and an introduction to the sport.

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Discover Full Day

This program is designed to give first time skiers and riders of all ages a fun, safe, and encouraging learning experience and an introduction to the sport.

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Next Step Program

This package is the perfect progression from the Discover Program. The Next Step is available to guests that have previously participated in a half day or full day Discover lesson program.

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  • Discover programs are designed for people who have never skied or snowboarded before.
  • Skiers can start learning as young as 3 years old.
  • Snowboarders can start at 5 years old.


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Big White offers a large rental fleet of skis and snowboards, and all are backed by our service guarantee. Get your Ski Rental or Snowboard Rental when you arrive, save the hassle.

Skiing

Boots
There are a number of different styles of ski boots, but the most important thing is that they are comfortable, though snug on your feet.

When you arrive at the Big White rental shop, come with a pair of medium to lightweight ski socks. Ski socks are different as they fit snuggly around your foot minimizing blisters or chafing and provide warmth. Wearing two pairs of socks for warmth may seem like a good idea, however, this can lead to blisters and chafing.

With the right socks on, your big toe should barely touch the front of the boot and when you bend your knee, your big toe should be able to slide back very slightly. Make sure there aren’t any pressure points or any pinching. Your rental tech will be able to help you select the right-sized boots so you don’t need to remember all of this. Remember that ski boots are not meant to feel like slippers. They should fit snuggly around your foot when fully done up. The movements that you make with your feet need to travel through the boots to make the skis turn which is why a snug fit is required.

Skis
Like most sports, there are different skis for different types of ability, gender and the type of terrain and snow conditions you’re looking to explore. Big White offers rental skis designed for beginners. To the eye, you can’t tell the difference, but there is a more exaggerated shape to the ski that helps make turning easier which allows beginner and intermediate skiers to improve faster. When renting, simply let your rental technician know you’re starting out in the sport and they’ll help select the right beginner ski for you.

Poles
Poles are used to help with balance and rhythm when skiing. A rental technician will be able to assist choosing the right-sized poles for your height.

Snowboarding

Boots
For beginner snowboarders, boots feel a lot more comfortable than ski boots. However, the same boot fitting principles apply. Don’t forget those medium to lightweight socks and remember that your boots, like ski boots, should fit snuggly around your foot when done up. Snowboard socks are different as they fit snuggly around your foot minimizing blisters or chafing and provide warmth. Wearing two pairs of socks for warmth may seem like a good idea, however, this can lead to blisters and chafing as well.

With the right socks on, your big toe should barely touch the front of the boot and when you bend your knee, your big toe should be able to slide back very slightly. Make sure there aren’t any pressure points or any pinching. Your rental tech will be able to help coach you through selecting the right sized boots so you don’t need to remember all of this. Your snowboard boot should fit snuggly around your foot when filly done up. The movements that you make with your feet need to travel through the boots to make the snowboard turn which is why a snug fit is required.

Board
Like skis, there are a number of different types of boards for ability level, gender and terrain type of snow you’re planning to hit. Big White offers boards that are designed specifically for beginners. You can’t tell by looking at the board but they are shaped slightly different to make turning a little easier. In addition, there is a very slight upwards angle on the edge of the board which helps decrease the number of times a beginner catches an edge.

As you progress, board selection will change depending on gender (women specific boards) and the type of snowboarding you’re looking to do: big mountain or parks riding. Our trained technicians can help find the right board for you.


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Some Tips For Beginners From The Ski & Board School:

As a newcomer to the exciting world of skiing and snowboarding, you will enjoy lots of new and interesting experiences. Everything here is geared towards making you a life-long skier or snowboarder!
    
The Big White Ski and Snowboard School employs some of the best instructors from around the world to help you get the most out of our world-class terrain.

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