-buy a face mask. Better to have and not need then need and not have.
-wear a helmet. wear a helmet. wear a helmet!
-take a class. I found the beginner's class at Snowshoe to be so helpful!
-clarify the difference between bunny slope and a green/beginner trail!!! I naively thought the green trail at Snowshoe would be a large hill. Not at all. It was very long and then fed into 2 other green trails. So when I thought I was going down one hill that would take me 5 minutes to finish turned out to be 3 long trails, many many hills, many falls and it probably took me about an hour and forty five minutes to fall my way down.
-you can make your own padding for falls. Aaron cut up an old yoga mat, folded it into a triangle shape and fixed it in place with duct tape. Then we slipped it in our pants. It made the falls so much easier, I looked like I got a Nicki Minaj butt job and in my mind I imagined myself as Minnie
Minnie skates with a pillow on her bottom
-try to buy lift passes that are non-consecutive off of ebay or craiglist. Ours were restricted by date to the weekend, but on the first day no one scanned mine and on the third day I didn't snowboard. If I had gotten a non-consecutive pass I could have sold those unused days
-if going to snowshoe, consider renting a condo with a kitchenette and cooking. We did this at the suggestion of our group and I'm so glad I listened to them. At the restaurants, a burrito was $24. It would have been crazy to eat out every meal.
-make sure wherever you stay you can get back there from the slopes easily. If you are having a rough day you just want to go back to the room and not wait for the group!
-give your partner/lover/friend some time on the slopes without you slowing them down
I think next time I want to try skiing instead of snowboarding, but I'm not sure which I would recommend to others. My friend tried skiing for the first time and she says next time she wants to snowboard! It's definitely a very different type of vacation then what I'm used to. I would go again, but definitely still take things easy and maybe incorporate a spa day to help it feel more like a vacation. :-)
This is probably me on fall #82. Kind of funny how there are no pictures or videos of me upright!
Have a greet weekend!