Mount Pakenham has everything you need to start skiing or snowboarding. Getting started is easy and affordable with our DISCOVER SKIING or DISCOVER SNOWBOARDING programs. Its designed for "first timers" and includes lesson, lift ticket and rental equipment all at one low price.
We are famous for our youth development and offer weekend programs for every member of the family. Another popular favorite is our youth after school program.
Believing skiing should be a family affair, our adult programs make it easy for mom and dad to keep up with the kids on the slopes.
Come see why Mount Pakenham is the place skiing and riding begin and learning never ends!
Dressing for the Weather Programs run rain or shine, warm or cold. Please dress for all weather.
Mount Pakenham offers you a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The secret to winter fun is dressing properly for the weather. You’ll want to keep warm, dry and comfortable on the snow.
Dress in Layers
Layering for winter sports allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. Generally, layering is divided into three areas:
- Wicking layer (polypropylene underwear - top and bottoms) - "wicks," or moves, moisture away from your skin and dries quickly.
- Insulating layer (wool, fleece, sweater) - keeps heat in and cold out.
- Weather Protection - Repels water from snow and blocks the wind while letting perspiration evaporate (both jacket and pants). Choose a lightweight garment that is made of waterproof, breathable material. There are several synthetic materials on the market and available at outdoor sports stores. When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort and to keep wind out.
Winter Hats or Headbands
Usually made of fleece or wool, a good ski hat combined with a neck warmer will retain 80% of your body’s heat, keeping you warm and toasty even on the coldest days.
Helmets are recommended for skiing and snowboarding and are included in your rental price. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner. It is important to wear a properly fitted, ski/snowboard specific helmet. Helmets should fit snuggly and not obstruct vision. Helmets can be worn with or without a light head covering underneath such as a balaclava.
Gloves or Mittens for Winter Sports
Waterproof, breathable shell and well insulated. Mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands. Hand and toe warmers are available at our Retail Shop.
Socks for Skiing and Snowboarding
One (1) pair of light to medium weight works best. If the sock is too thick or if you’re wearing too many, it could make your boots too tight, reducing circulation, which causes cold feet. It’s also a good idea to change into fresh socks before putting your boots on. Damp socks quickly become cold and uncomfortable.
Have sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and snowboarding are a lot more fun when you can see and it is important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Sunscreen and Lip Balm
Protect yourself from the sun. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think, even on cloudy days! Keep lip balm in a pocket and apply often while on the slopes.
There’s no reason to be cold during your winter experience, and with a little preparation and the proper clothing and accessories, you won’t be.
Please visit the Snow Shop for all your skiing and snowboarding needs:
-chapstick -tuning gear
-leashes for snowboards
Ability Level Chart:
Season Starters Ski or Snowboard! One hour lesson. AVAILABLE DECEMBER ONLY
Our DISCOVER PROGRAM is designed for FIRST TIMERS to make getting started easy and affordable. Spring Special rate- only $39+ tax and includes lesson, lift ticket and rental equipment.
Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, National Capital Division- Mount Pakenham Program