Ski Teacher's Tips


Participating in snow sports opens a whole world of endless winter fun that can become a lifetime passion. But everyone agrees the first experience at the mountain can be a bit challenging for any family. To help make it a great one for everyone. Please review the “Ski Teacher's Tips” to help you navigate your first day on the slopes at Mogul Busters at Mt. Hood Skibowl East.

The Responsibility Code

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.



Checklist for a Day on the Mountain!

Your ride up to the mountain

  • Purchase snow park permit a few days before your trip

  • Make sure your tires and battery are ready for the weather

  • Top off the windshield washer fluid and anti-freeze

  • Do your chains fit your car or truck?

  • Do you have a tow rope? Jumper cables?

  • Chains or snow tires are required on Hwy 26 in the winter

  • Check the weather the night before and give yourself extra time for conditions

  • Charge your cell phone

Your equipment, the night before and breakfast

  • Equipment is not included in the lessons and should be rented prior to the lessons – Seasonal rentals are a really great option

  • Make sure all equipment is up to date and fits properly.

  • Used purchased equipment should be inspected and waxed by a professional shop

  • A beginning skier should begin with a ski that is shaped and no higher than arm pit height. Be firm with rental shop on this one! An experienced ski length will range from the chin to the nose of the student, depending on ski type and individual comfort.

  • Mogul Busters does not utilize poles in classes until the skier is beginning on Black Diamond difficulty run (Level 5-6).

  • Do not borrow old tired equipment that does not fit because it will ruin the experience.

  • Label all equipment, gloves, goggles, and rental equipment because someone else might have the same brand

  • Fit your child’s boots while wearing a thin ski sock at the ski shop.

  • Do not use cotton socks your feet will sweat and they will get cold quickly.

  • Use only one pair of good winter sports socks. Anymore will just bunch up and cause pain in the boot known as a “hot spot”If you rent your equipment in the late afternoon or early evening the night before your kids can practice on the carpet at home but you need to make a BIG space, keep them far away from any stairs and furniture!

  • Take a little masking tape and make a pizza shape with slices and have them walk around it in their boots first then try it with one ski matching it to the lines on the slice shapes. Let them see if they can keep the top (shovel) part of the one ski in the center of the pizza pie

  • Another skill builder is sidestepping along tape lines on the carpet keeping both toes in the same direction

  • Practice picking up the one ski and placing it on the line of tape then have them match their boot on the line next to it. Pick up and step, repeat on the tape lines for fun

  • Pack all of your equipment the night before

  • Make a checklist for each session day for each of them to help check off

  • Eat and sleep well the night before the big day

  • Lunch is not included. Pack a lunch the night before to save time in the morning or bring money for food from the lodge

  • You can purchase great lunch items in the Multorpor Lodge 30 feet from the Yurt. Order it at 11:45 so it is ready at noon for your child

  • Pack a healthy snack & water for the ride home

  • Do not have hot or cold cocoa in the morning it can make them want to go to the bathroom even more

  • Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, so be sure not to skip it

  • Bring along a little snack or small energy bar to refuel after the ride up in the morning

  • Kids should skip the sugary types of cereal which can make you crash later

  • Try hard to have them get a little protein for breakfast and a back up it up again at lunch time

Clothing for the slopes

  • Layer their clothing it allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear it feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm.

  • Wear a turtleneck, a water and wind resistant jacket and pants

  • Clothes such as very low quality snow pants, jeans or sweatpants absorb water, making you wet and cold.

  • Helmets are strongly recommended, are essential for riding the chairlift, they keep body warmth in, and it is a very smart thing to do for your child’s safety. They can collect cool stickers to put on it too!

  • Pack extra ski mittens & ski socks for the afternoon lesson

  • Pack an extra comfortable pair of pants for the ride home.

  • Always wear ski mittens or gloves. Fleece or knit mittens do not work. Protect your hands from the elements and snow is abrasive to bare skin.

  • Snowboarders may wear wrist guards on their hands to prevent injury to their wrist.

  • Wear Sunscreen and Lip Balm

  • Goggles in the early part of the season and sunglasses for the Spring

  • It is also a good habit to let even young kids help by carrying something up to the Yurt

  • Carry a whistle in your upper pocket

Time to get ready at the Mogul Buster Yurt

  • Allow at least 45 to 60 minutes before the lesson to prepare yourself and your child for a fun filled day on the snow.

  • Please let the instructor know of any medical or learning conditions so they can meet your child’s needs better. It could be possible that plain M&M’s may be given to children during class mini breaks.

  • Registration is between 9:15am and 9:45am. Check in must be completed during this time, even if you pre-registered.

  • All parents will need to hand in or sign the Mogul Buster release form at check in before your child enters a class

  • Let the Check In Staff and the instructor know of any medical or learning conditions so they can meet your child’s needs better

  • Make sure you have your cell phone with you when your child is in a class

BATHROOM: it is a very important trip to the Multorpor Lodge basement. Don’t ask them just take them. Its easier if you do it before you get all their gear on

All students must have a lift ticket or season pass, regardless of their ability level and what class they will be participating in.