Beginner's Guide


Dressing For The Weather

Poconos skiing offers you a great chance to enjoy the outdoors and the secret to a fun time in the snow is having the right clothing. You'll want to keep warm, dry and comfortable your first day on the snow.

Beginners Tips

Layering for skiing or riding allows you to accommodate your bodies 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 sleet, 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 at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort and keep wind out. Be sure to buy quality skiing clothing and products.

Have sunglasses and goggles with you. Skiing and snowboarding in the Poconos are a lot more fun when you can see!
Waterproof, breathable shell and well insulated. Mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands. Don't forget to get yourself some hand and toe warmers available at our Snowsports Shops, in various locations around the mountain.
Usually made of fleece or wool, a good skiing hat combined with a neck warmer or gaitor will retain 80% of your body's heat, keeping you warm and toasty even on the coldest days on the Poconos ski slopes.
One (1) pair of light to medium weight works best for skiing and riding. 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 worn on the trip to the ski area will quickly become cold and uncomfortable.
Protect yourself from the strong Poconos 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 skiing.

There's no reason to be cold during your Poconos skiing experience, and with a little preparation and the proper clothing and accessories, you won't be. JFBB Ski Shops are located at the mountain and feature all of the apparel and accessories you need to enjoy your day on the slopes.

JFBB supports individual rights to choose to wear a helmet or not while skiing. JFBB promotes responsible skiing and snowboarding behavior as the key to long-term slope safety. Follow Your Responsibility Code.

Children age 12 and under must wear a winter sport helmet while participating in ski and snowboard school. In addition, children and teens under age 18 who participate in designated children’s classes or programs must wear a helmet.

For more information on helmets, visit the NSAA web site Lids on Kids (
Helmets can be rented from our JFBB Rental Shops or purchased at our Ski Shops.

At first, ski lifts can be intimidating contraptions, but you will quickly master them.

Carpet Lifts
Carpet Lifts are a great way to get up the hill. You just stand on the carpet and enjoy the gentle ride.

Double, Triple, and Quad Chairlifts
Ski chairs, two, three, or four-seaters, mounted on a cable, move continuously up the slopes.

Here are some tips on riding a chairlift:

  • Skiers need to take the straps off their wrists. Snowboarders need to have a leash attached before boarding the lift.
  • Outside guests hold poles in inside hand. Middle guests hold poles in either hand.
  • Outside guests look over outside shoulder and grasp bail as it approaches. Middle guests should grasp back of chair as it approaches. Sit down as the chair reaches you.
  • Once the chair has left the platform, lower the safety bar. Do not bounce or swing during the ride. Take care not to drop gloves, poles, or litter. Should you lose something, note the number of the next tower for orientation.
  • When getting off, you will see the sign warning of unload area, open the safety bar. Raise the tips of your skis so they don't catch as you approach the platform.
  • As your skis touch the snow, stand up and push yourself off the chair with your free hand.
  • Move quickly away from moving chair and keep unloading area clear. Brake once you are well clear of your companions.
Daily Lockers are available for rent in the rental shop area at Jack Frost and Big Boulder. A credit card is required for locker rental.
You can store your personal belongings in lockers while you enjoy some time on the slopes.

Vail Resorts activity illness guidelines:

The health and safety of our guests is first priority and we take this very seriously. Strong health and safety practices are the heart of our child programs. A key to preventing illness in a group activity setting is to form trusting relationships between parents and instructors around sharing important health information about your child’s condition when they are admitted.

If your child has fever, sore throat, diarrhea, or is nauseous or vomiting, they will not be accepted for activities. If your child has recently been ill, they must be symptom-free, without the benefit of medications, for 24 hours at US properties and 48 hours at JFBB Ski Area.

Each child will be observed for common signs of illness at arrival and throughout the day. A child who is ill upon arrival to the facility will not be admitted. Parents or guardians will be notified to pick up their child immediately, if the child becomes ill during their stay.

A physician’s note stating a child is no longer contagious will be required when a child has healing lesions or other symptoms suggestive of communicable disease.

Advanced Reservations Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be done through the Reservation Office JF 570-443-4713, BB 570-443-4714.
  • Reservations cancelled with less than at least a 48 hour advance notice will not be refunded.
  • Reservations cancelled prior to 48 hours will receive a full refund minus a $25.00 processing fee.
  • All refunds will be issued to credit cards or as a Gift Cardâ—¦At no time will refunds be issued as cash or check
Know The Code. It's Your Responsibility.

Take A Lesson

Skiing instruction helps the beginner and benefits skiers and snowboarders of all abilities

Lessons For All Levels

Like anything, you'll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.

Our philosophy is to have fun while learning or improving your skiing or snowboarding skills. We offer lessons 7 days a week. Make sure to check with the person booking your lesson as to where your class meets as we offer many kinds of classes and different classes meet at different places on the mountain. Eat a hearty meal before lessons, and for the most possible fun, bring along a friend and learn together!

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Rental Equipment Tips

The JFBB Rental Shops are located on the lower level at Big Boulder and at the west end at Jack Frost. Your snow pass, lesson packages, ski/snowboard rentals, boot rentals, and helmet rentals must be purchased first at any of the ticket sales points.

Tip: Don't get dressed to ski or ride when you need rental equipment.

Follow these steps:

  • Get equipment.
  • Layer Up - Put on final layers of clothing - this way you won't be so hot when trying on boots.
  • Store personal belongings.

Tip: To get the right boot fit, be sure to wear the proper socks. The boot should fit like a snug hiking boot with no pressure points. Be sure that your pants are not tucked into the boot. Prepare to arrive early enough to get equipment and sign up for lessons (1 to 2 hours before the lesson is an adequate amount of time to get skiing equipment and ready for your ski or snowboard lesson).

Rental Guide

How to use your ski or snowboard bindings:

  • Always clean all snow, ice, and dirt from your boots, skis, and snowboards before stepping into the binding.
  • To open the binding, depress rear lever with ski pole, or ski boot.
  • Step in toe first. Be sure to clean the snow off of the boot sole first.
  • Step down. Heel will close automatically.
  • To exit the binding, depress rear lever with boot, ski, or pole.
  • Step out. The binding is now ready for re-entry.
  • Do not change the binding settings. If you feel that they are not working properly, bring them back to the shop for assistance.
  • Avoid walking, skiing, or snowboarding through water or mud. Water, mud, and dirt can affect your bindings making release more difficult.

While you are skiing or snowboarding, keep your boots properly closed. This allows the boot to support you properly and helps to keep your feet dry. If you have any questions, please ask for assistance. We want to make your JFBB skiing and snowboarding experience as enjoyable as possible.