Helpful Hints for Parents - Physical Education Through Skiing and Snowboarding

Tips For Parents

Dear Teachers, Parents and Students,

Preparation is the key to success for a school visit on your end and ours. Please ensure that student information is filled out completely and accurately and submitted to Mount Pakenham, via the trip organizer, as soon as possible. This will help us to prepare for your school’s visit. Also please take some time to review Mount Pakenham’s Tips for Parents; paying close attention to The Alpine Responsibility Code and Dressing for the Weather. Please follow this link for a more comprehensive guide to prepare you for a day on the slopes; including trail ratings and lift saftey.

Following strict guidelines set out by Ontario Snow Resorts Association and Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange OSBIE , our Skiing in Schools programs provide a fun and safe learning opportunity.

The Alpine Responsibility Code Be aware, always ski and ride with care.
There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others.
Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.


  1. Always stay in control. You must 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. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.

  4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look up-hill and yield to others.

  5. If you are involved in or witness a collision or accident, you must remain at the scene
    and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.

  6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.

  8. Keep off of closed trails and area.

  9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.

  10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, rideand unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.


Dressing for the 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:

  1. Wicking layer (polypropylene underwear - top and bottoms) - "wicks," or moves, moisture away from your skin and dries quickly.

  2. Insulating layer (wool, fleece, sweater) - keeps heat in and cold out.

  3. 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.

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, Snowboarding, Tubing and Snowshoeing
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.

Eye Protection
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.

Don’t forget to put your child’s name on all helmets, gloves, boots, skis/boards and clothing to help us get lost items back home.

Caution
Old Equipment: Please do not send your child to Mount Pakenham with unsafe, old or borrowed equipment (ski binding settings may differ for your childs weight and ability). Have equipment checked at our repair shop at least one week in advance or take it to your local ski/snowboard shop.

Equipment Tips

If you have your own equipment, or if you plan to borrow equipment, please bear in mind that equipment must be adjusted specifically for you. To be safe on the slopes, please have a technician adjust your equipment based on your height, weight, shoe size, and level of ability. Please ensure that your equipment has been tuned (waxed and sharpened). Properly tuned equipment will give you more control on the slopes.

Rental Equipment
The Mount Pakenham Rental Shop is located to the left of the main lodge when looking at the ski hill.

Tip: Don’t bundle up before renting equipment. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to washroom and put on base layers and snow pants.

  2. Place items needed on hill (hats, mitts, goggles, new tubes, etc.) securely in your pocket or sleeve of your coat and store all unneeded personal belongings on shelves, hooks or in a coin locker in the main lodge.

  3. Proceed to the rental shop, jacket in hand or unzipped.

  4. Locate pre-assigned equipment (check your personalized lift ticket for equipment number) along the wall in numerical order. Put you boots on and place your regular shoes in the slot where you found your ski/board boots.

  5. For the right boot fit, be sure to wear the proper socks. The boot should fit like a snug hiking boot. Be sure that your pants are not tucked into the boot. If your boots don’t fit, please seek assistance from a rental shop employee.
  6. Proceed through the rental shop where you will receive your skis/board and helmet.


Helmets
Helmets are recommended for skiing and snowboarding and are included in your rental price. Some schools require all students to wear a helmet. 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.

What to Expect from a lesson...

*Learn to Ski or Snowboard Safely
*Healthy Fun
*Good Physical Workout

Instruction at Mount Pakenham makes the lessons fun and educational.

Beginner Centre
Unlike traditional beginner lessons, Mount Pakenham’s Station Teaching Format allows students to develop skills at their own pace. With station teaching your child's lesson will be minimum one hour long up to 4 hours if needed. Skiers and boarders will complete up to 7 Stations with coaching from CASI and CSIA certified instructors. After completing all 7 Stations, the students are ready to use the chairlift. Students that do not complete all 7 stations can continue to practice at the Beginner Centre throughout the day. The Beginner Centre is staffed with certified pros from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 2pm Monday to Friday (times may vary based on numbers).

Chairlift Readiness Assessment and Group Lessons for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Skiers and Riders
In order to ensure student safety, Mount Pakenham’s certified pros assess all skiers and snowboarders to determine their ability; assign a lesson time; and grant access to ability specific terrain. After successful completion of the assessment students will ski/ride safely until their assigned group lesson time (beginner lessons right away). Students will meet for their lesson at the Snow School Meeting Area where they will be assigned an instructor and given a 55 minute group lesson.

Eat Right and Rest Well
It is important to get plenty of rest the night before your trip. It is also important to eat a nutritious breakfast to fuel you for your busy day on the slopes.

While at Mount Pakenham, remember to refuel and rehydrate frequently. It is also important to rest when you are tired and don’t over do it. If you are tired, it is time to stop.
Lunch...Cafeteria Menu
Salads, Hot Dog, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Pasta, Hot Chocolate, Cookie/Muffin, Sandwiches, Chicken Burger, Juice, Milk, Pizza Slice, Grilled Cheese, Soup, Chicken Wraps

Snow Shop
Please visit the Snow Shop for all your skiing and snowboarding needs:
-hats
-gloves/mitts
-sunglasses
-goggles
-helmets
-sunscreen
-chapstick
-tuning gear
-leashes for snowboards
-t-shirts

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