At Grand Geneva, we want each and every visitor to have a great skiing and snowboarding experience, and ensuring you have all the information you need to make this a great time is key. Below we offer great tips and tricks to making sure your skiing and snowboarding experience is fun, easy, and most importantly safe!
Staying hydrated is critical to your success, as one burns calories while skiing/snowboarding. There are two options here: The Mountain Top, the Timber’s Grill, which is a cafeteria type restaurant and Leinenkugel’s sit down Bar & Grill. No food or beverages from the outside are permitted at the chalet, per Wisconsin Code.
Instruction on any new sport is critical to success; skiing/snowboarding is no exception. Qualified instructors are eager to make your first time a great experience, teaching you proper techniques that will ensure your safety while having fun. They will take you to the appropriate slopes for each learning phase. Our ski and snowboard instructors enjoy teaching others their sport while sharing the responsibility code.
Approach the carpet slowly, allow the tips of your skis to enter the carpet while keeping your knees slightly flexed and hands in front for stability. Slowly push yourself with your poles onto the carpet until you feel the carpet moving you. Keep your poles in your hands but off of the carpet. Once you get near the top, prepare to let your skis/snowboard glide off the carpet on a slightly declining slope. Be prepared to slow down/turn once you exit the carpet. Move quickly out of the departure area.
Watch others as they approach the lift so you know what to expect. Move quickly once the lift operator indicates it is your turn to load to the loading position (yellow line), place your poles in your inner hand and turn your head to watch the chair approach from over your outside shoulder. As the chair approaches, grab the outer upright rail with your outside hand and sit down as you feel the chair on your legs. Sit all the way back in the chair as it carries you up the hill. Watch for the “Ski Tips Up” – lift your lift ski tips up and be prepared to exit the chair. As your skis touch the top of the exit ramp, stand up and ski off the ramp (remember to keep your weight forward on your skis). Move away from the exit ramp area.
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible to skiers from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely
* information from Park Smart Terrain Park Safety Program Messages
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