First Timer's Guide

Get Ready!

A winter experience that is Leaps & Bounds Above is waiting at Whitetail

Welcome to the wonderful world of Winter snow sports! We know that once you get out on the snow for the first time, you will choose to return again and again. This web guide will help make your first experience both fun and easy! By reviewing this information while planning your first visit, you'll arrive at Whitetail Resort well prepared to begin your skiing or snowboarding adventure. Select any of the headings below to learn more about each topic

Make The Most Of Your Day On The Mountain

Tips And Tricks

It no secret that COVID 19 has made it sometimes a bit tricky to enjoy the things we once took for granted. We at Whitetail Resort know you have a choice of areas where you can enjoy the outdoors and appreciate that you are looking to join us! Take a quick read through of the following Tips and Tricks to help make sure the day on the mountain is Leaps & Bounds above!

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority
Whitetail Resort is committed to doing everything we can to help keep you safe this season, so you can focus on having a great time on the mountain. From transitioning to completely cashless transactions to requiring mask wearing on resort property, we stepped up to keep you and your family safe. Learn more about our re-imagined winter experience HERE.

Make A Plan And Pack Smartly
Avoid the crowded areas and make your car your basecamp. Due to COVID restrictions, there are no personal storage areas in the main lodge this season. That means you’ll need to plan on getting ready for your day on the slopes prior to making your way to the base area. PRO-TIP: Consider packing a roll up door mat to place on the ground to provide a clean dry area for changing into your boots.

Advance Preparation Is The Key
This year, advance planning is the key. To enhance the safety across the resort, all transactions will be cashless this season. That means all tickets must be purchased in advance online and any purchases made at the resort must be paid via credit or debit card. The number of tickets available per day is limited this season, so be sure to purchase yours HERE as soon as you can to ensure availability.

Fuel Your Body – Fuel The Fun!
Winter sports can really burn through your energy levels. Be sure to pack some snacks that can be kept in your pockets to keep that energy going! Even better…stash a cooler with lunch and drinks in your car for those break times as your plan out your next runs on the slopes. Grabbing a bite to eat at one of our dining areas? Please be aware that the lodge facilities are operating at a reduced capacity with “grab and go” options only. Check out the dining options HERE.



What To Wear


This section of our guide will help you decide what to wear during your visit to Whitetail. By dressing properly, you'll stay comfortable no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

By dressing properly, you'll be comfortable no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

  • Dress in layers. Wearing several lighter layers allows you to adjust your clothing as the temperature changes.
  • Wear a base layer of long underwear or tights.
  • Wear a warm collared shirt, sweater or fleece.
  • Water and wind resistant pants are the best bet, and you will be very glad you have them. Snow or ski pants are ideal, but jeans are OK as long as you bring an extra pair. Avoid sweat pants; they get wet very quickly! Be sure your pants are wide enough at the bottom of the legs to fit over large boots.
  • Wear a jacket or shell with a high collar; once again water and wind resistant is best.
  • Make sure to wear high socks. Bring a couple of extra pairs of socks - the higher, the better. Avoid socks with big, thick seams if possible.
  • Always wear eye protection: either sunglasses or goggles.
  • Wear gloves or mittens. Gloves allow more freedom of movement, but mittens are warmer. Avoid knit gloves; they get wet very quickly.
  • You will want a warm hat that covers your ears. The old saying "If your feet are cold, put on a hat" is true!
  • Sunscreen and lip balm are a must. Make sure to wear SPF 15 or greater. Even on cloudy days it is very easy to get too much sun when on the snow.
  • Be sure to bring extra clothes to change into for the ride home!
  • You will also need a driver's license or credit card to rent skis or a snowboard. Please bring them with you to the rental center.
  • The Whitetail Mountain Sports Shop, conveniently located just steps from the slopes, carries everything listed above. Stop by the shop upon your arrival to
  • Whitetail Resort; our friendly staff will gladly help you prepare for your day on the Mountain.